Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Twitter as a Location Platform at Google Geo Hackathon

A few weeks ago, Twitter launched the Geotagging API -- we really wanted to enable users to not only talk about "What's happening?" but also "What's happening right here?"  For a while now, we've been watching as users have been trying to geo-tag their tweets through a variety of methods, all of which involve a link to a map service embedded in their Tweet.  As a platform, we've tried to make it easier for our users by making location be omnipresent through our platform, and an inherent (but optional) part of a tweet.  We're making the platform be not just about time, but also about place.

I'm really excited to talk about this and other things next Tuesday, December 15th at the Google Geo Hackathon.  I hope to cover our Geotagging and our Trends API, show off some of our other upcoming location based capabilities, and showcase some applications that are currently using them.  Most of all, I'm looking forward to meeting developers from the Google Geo API community and learning how folks are mashing them up with the Twitter API.

Hope to see you all at the Googleplex! RSVP here. Space limited.

Raffi Krikorian, Twitter Platform Team