Points of Interest
Today is Twitter’s conference called Chirp and they have announced some exciting things at the conference. Twitter has started to add geo-location as a feature by adding a map. Geotweets currently include the longitude and latitude of where tweets are being sent from. When tweeting from a location that is popular, it is called a Point of Interest. It is unlikely that they will have a check-in feature to compete with Foursquare and Gowalla.
The U.S. Library of Congress also announced that they will be acquiring the entire archive of Twitter messages dating back to March 2006. “Library to acquire ENTIRE Twitter archive — ALL public tweets, ever, since March 2006! Details to follow,” stated Twitter account for the Library of Congress [ReadWriteWeb].
Twitter supports about 100,000 registered applications. About 75% of Twitter’s company traffic comes from external apps. For the applications Twitter has launched a feature called Annotations. Developers can add metadata to any tweet. Examples of metadata include locations, which third party app the tweet came from, and whether the tweet is original (or a retweet). About 3 billion requests are being made per month for the Twitter API.
Twitter now has 105,779,710 registered users. About 300,000 users were being added per day this month. Twitter receives about 180 million unique visitors as of this month. Twitter has about 175 employees.