The Twitter API: What’s happening?
Forget Facebook’s new privacy settings, the month’s biggest social media news is the integration of the Twitter API by both Wordpress, the long-time leader in blogging platforms, and Tumblr, a darling of the micro-blogging community. Because they built it well, it looks like the Twitter API stands a good chance of becoming the next open standard. And savvier folks than me are saying the same thing.
Hey, I may just sound like a very nerdy wind howling through the trees. But I guarantee this is going to mean big things for everyone involved in, or considering getting involved in, social media.
Smarter, easier sharing
Suddenly, through TweetDeck or another third party app, you can update your (or your company’s) Wordpress blog, post a video to Tumblr and Facebook, then send updates to LinkedIn and Twitter. Or you can update them all at the same time. Or you can read tweets and Tumblr entries at the same time. Or you can [insert infinite possibilities here].
For instance, here’s a screenshot of my iPhone home screen.
See that bottom row? Soon, I should be able to manage all that social media stuff with one app instead of four.
Simpler management of online identities and our personal news bureaus can only mean good things for social media sharing and growth. And the streamlined approach ought to lower the barriers to entry for those folks and companies still waiting to jump in.
What are your thoughts? Curious where to get started? Leave us a comment.