Twitter will turn eight in March and the Twitter API will have its birthday toward the end of the year. It’s been a long ride for something that started as sort of a side project. The service, and especially its API, saw quick growth, as the platform expanded, added features and eventually had to grow up. Below you’ll find a chronology of Twitter API stories on ProgrammableWeb.
2006: Just Another Social App
The Twitter site launched publicly in mid-2006, but it wasn’t until later in the year that the API was publicized. ProgrammableWeb was barely a year old at the time. Founder John Musser rounded up new APIs on a monthly basis and included the Twitter API announcement. At the time it was summarized as An API for “the global community of friends and strangers answering one simple question: What are you doing?”
2007: Growth in the API
2008: Expanding the Platform
2009: Features, Features...