Alex Payne, API Lead

The Twitter API has grown over the past 2 years and become very important to Twitter as well as developers who build on our services. This has all happened despite the fact that we could only spare one engineer to work on the API about half of his time. Things are changing.

Alex Payne has been leading much of our API development since he started working on Twitter in March, 2007. As part of a larger plan to dedicate more resources to developers, Alex has taken the official role of API Lead. Twitter engineer Matt Sanford will join him in focusing on our developer offerings.

We’re thrilled that Alex has taken the lead on our API. And Matt’s familiarity with our search API is critical as we continue to integrate the technology we brought to Twitter as part of our recent search acquisition. With Alex and Matt focusing on our developer offerings full time, there’s a lot in store.