Plans for Updates to Twapper Keeper Functionality and APIs

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We recently invited suggestions for developments to the end user functionality provided by Twapper Keeper and the APIs provided by the service (with some additional suggestions being made on the UK Web Focus blog)

We were pleased to receive a number of responses for developments to the service – and even more pleased that we will be able to implement the majority of the requests.  In brief the developments we will be implementing are:

  • Update / create new feeds to be compliant with Atom standard (requested by Andy Powell).
  • New API endpoints to align with Twitter standard input / output (requested by Andy Powell).
  • Advanced / refined search capabilities (requested by Martin Hawksey).
  • Additional filtering capabilities (requested by Tony Hirst and Kirsty McGill).
  • Process for user to opt out of archiving (requested by Liam Green-Hughes and Jeremy Ottevanger).
  • Additional opt in for @Person archives (requested by Jeremy Ottevanger).
  • Collection of archives (requested by Cameron Neylon).
  • Additional analytics, with integration with Eduserv’s Summarizr service (requested by Brian Kelly).
  • Tagging of archives (requested by Gary Green).
  • Infrastructure developments (including status alerts requested by Martin Hawksey)

There are two significant requests which we are unable to implement. Tony Hirst requested the ability to (1) archive a Twitter list and (2) grab snapshots of friends/followers of a set of individuals over a short period in order to chart how a network grows. The first request is in conflict with the need to provide control for an individual user over their entire Twitter stream (as described above). The second request is out-of-scope for the Twapper Keeper service, which has a core focus on the archiving of tweets rather that of monitoring trends for a Twitter community.

We appreciate the time spent by users of Twapper Keeper in letting us know of ways in which the service can be improved.  We hope that Tony Hirst will understand the reasons why we cannot implement his requests.

The following presentation outlines the details of the enhancements:

We welcome further feedback and comments.

10 Responses to “Plans for Updates to Twapper Keeper Functionality and APIs”

  1. Jeremy Says:

    Great stuff, thanks for taking on board all these suggestions, they make for a very flexible and responsible system. Top banana!

  2. David F. Flanders Says:

    Yay! REAL USER DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT <- yes this is me yelling because it is brilliant. Rock and roll guys and look forward to seeing these improvements happen in the near future for even more user feedback!

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