The Twitter API only lets you access the last 7 days of a user’s tweets. Sadly I wasn’t able to compile any of the usage statistics this past week because of 2 things: 1) the cron job I wrote to automatically import all of the data, for some reason, hasn’t been working properly (I only discovered this a couple days ago) and 2) I’m now outside of that 7 day range to compile the data manually.
For the very few of you who find this information interesting, I apologize.
From now on, I’m only going to be doing this on a monthly basis. Based on the data I’ve been collecting, a weekly analysis is too short of a time frame to compile anything meaningful. And because I’m now missing week 3′s stats, the next state of the Royal Roads Twittersphere won’t come until July 1st.
If there’s something you’d like to see in the next RR Twittersphere update, let me know so I can include it in the data collection process.
Earlier today, Twitter announced that this coming weekend, 50 or so developers will have the opportunity, for free, to take part in a hackfest at Twitter HQ, where they’ll get to work with Annotations. The applications developed during the hackfest will even be judged by a panel of early-stage startup investors.
There’s going to be a ton of great ideas generated during the short 24 hour hacking period and I cannot wait to hear about them all.
If you aren’t familiar with what Annotations are, I wrote a post going over what they are here.
When Annotations launch, the Annotations Explorer is going to be launched along with it. The Annotations Explorer will indicate which Annotation are tending, most used, and most adopted by developers. To accompany this, there will also be a wiki page for developers to share with each other the ways they are using Annotations are how they are choosing to describe them (this discussion is already taking place here and here). The goal here is to have the developer community start agreeing on what the most common Annotations should look like, ie: a book, song, or movie.
One of the primary concerns around Annotation is that every developer is going to have their own way of describing an Annotation, which in turn is going to make it exceedingly difficult to standardize and take advantage of Annotations. My hope is that the Annotations Explorer will address this concern and help developers come to a consensus about how the most predominant Annotations should be described. Twitter isn’t going to enforce any of these Annotation types on developers, so someone who despises the most adopted way to describe a book can still go off and do their own thing. However, I’m not entirely sure why they’d want to.
There isn’t any indication when the Annotations Explorer will be launched, but I suspect it’s going to arrive within 1-2 months.
It’s here. Twitter officially released Twitter for iPhone today and it comes with a couple new features that are going to make life on Twitter more beautiful, simple, and elegant than ever. Grab it from the iTunes Store here.
New things to love
- Use Twitter without an having an account. This is great. You can browse trends, users, and use Twitter Search.
- Twitter Search is made much more elegant. It includes results for top tweets and trends too.
- Sign up for Twitter within the application. Nice little convenience add.
- They’ve reorganized some tabs making common functions like re tweeting or following a user more accessible.
- It’s free!
Here are some screenshots of the new application:
Woohoo! Get it now, for free!
Here it is, the statistics for Royal Roads University on Twitter during the second week of May. Not too much movement to report, however, there are some small changes on where people are tweeting from and who’s been most active this week. Like last week, I’ve included the top 10 most followed and most active users for everyone to check out below.
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Top 10 most followed (as of May 15, 2010):
- @PhilHarrison, 3169
- @Tourismstudents, 2401
- @RoyalRoads, 1471
- @pr4science, 1295
- @casuist, 895
- @Worldly_Bites, 884
- @JayLeishman, 569
- @srset, 441
- @alilbirdtravel, 380
- @RajuSandhu, 327
Top 10 most active:
Is there something else you’d like to see analyzed? If so, just let me know, I’m all ears for making this more interesting and useful for everyone. Be sure to check back next week for the next RRU Twittersphere update.