Twitter APIs

Twitter, a free social networking and micro-blogging service, has released Application Programmable Interfaces or APIs, to allow third party applications the ability to access the Twitter messaging functionality.  The APIs have two components the REST API and the Search API.

The Twitter REST API manages the core Twitter data.  REST stands for Representational State Transfer, an architecture and standard for web applications. This API allows applications to send and receive tweets along with access to status data and user information.

The Twitter Search API allows applications to access the Twitter Search function and trends data.  The Twitter search functionality was originally a third party application provided by Summarize, Inc.  Twitter later acquire Summarize and rebranded the functionality to Twitter Search.  The API is sometimes referred to as Summarize Twitter Search API.

There hundreds of examples of third party applications that use the Twitter APIs to access the Twitter functionality and data.  I have highlighted a few interesting ones below.


Twitterision is a ‘mashup’ using the Google Maps API and the Twitter REST API.  It allows the user to watch the graphical location of twitters in realtime.   This could be used trucking company  to monitor and track its drivers.


For a given topic, Summarizer collects and categorizes tagged tweets, news articles, images and videos from across the web.  Could be used as a research tool to obtain the latest information on a product or event.


Twizon uses the Amazon ecommerce API and the Twitter Search API.  It lists tweets about the products listed on sold on the website.  This could be used as a customer satisfaction monitoring tool.


Twitterriffic is a mobile application that allows you to read and publish tweets.  It is an easy to user interface for your tweet viewing.


Tweetdeck allows you to manage and update your Facebook, MySpace and Twitter accounts with a single click.  You can also manage multiple Twitter accounts and share images and video clips.  This could be used by a organization that uses multiple social networking applications as a marketing tool.


About Susan
I'm a wife, mother and student living in the suburbs of Atlanta. After 20 years in corporate IT, I am currently working for a non-profit as Director of Operations.

2 Responses to Twitter APIs

  1. Craig Piercy says:

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  2. Aravind says:

    Susan: Nice post and thanks for recommending Zoho to your readers! Keep using Zoho 🙂

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