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Jul282010

Twitter User Streams testing for desktop apps begins

Twitter has been working on a new “Twitter Streaming API” that allows a desktop client receive nearly all updates in real-time to keep a display up-to-date. As Taylor Singletary notes on Twitter Development Talk Google Group, “limited testing of this new feature called “User Streams” for desktop clients has now begun.”

“The transition to User Streams should return considerable capacity to REST and Search APIs, increasing stability for Twitter users & developers alike. Additionally, several interesting new event types are available: Favoriting, retweeting, following, and list additions are also streamed along with direct messages, mentions, the user timeline and home timeline,” Singletary notes….Application developers needing to consume multiple, simultaneous user streams will be served by an upcoming Streaming API product called “Site Streams”.

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