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Results from The Twitter Blog for: April 2008

Love, Hate, Think, Believe, Feel, Wish

Twitstori is the “the first step in an ongoing social experiment based on twitter” and it is very cool. The geniuses behind this project are amy hoy and thomas fuchs. Amazing!


E-Card Inspired by Twitter and James Buck

There’s a new e-card you can send inspired by James Buck’s timely use of Twitter. Send it to your loved ones.


Video by Yuu Takaki

Digital Garage engineer Yuu Takaki took this short video at the Twitter office when he was here helping us create Twitter Japan. We are each saying, “Welcome” in Japanese. (At least that’s what Yuu told us it meant!) Read more...

Twitter for Japan

We’re live in Japan!


Moms on Twitter

Kelby thinks Twitter is appealing to moms for a number of reasons.


Welcome John and Steve

We’re excited to announce two recent hires. John Kalucki is an experienced distributed systems architect well versed in relational messaging as the former co-founder of San Francisco based SQLstream. Steve Jenson is a familiar face for a few of us here at Twitter HQ because he’s a former Google software engineer known for his work scaling Blogger and Blogspot—a service which tens of millions of people use on a regular basis.


Weekend Web Weirdness

On Friday, we successfully deployed a new memcache project as part of our overall work to create a more scalable service. After the deploy, we needed to move a lot of data with minimum impact on service quality. To do this, we put together some code that moves data only as it is requested.

This process kept a minimum on service disruption but did cause Twitter to have a complex conversation with two sets of caches over the weekend and into today. This resulted in some caching issues—namely, the /home timeline cache wasn’t being updated correctly for everyone.


Twitter to the Rescue

U.C. Berkeley student’s Twitter messages alerted world to his arrest in Egypt: “When Egyptian police scooped up UC Berkeley graduate journalism student James Karl Buck, who was photographing a noisy demonstration, and dumped him in a jail cell last week, they didn’t count on Twitter.”


Get your questions answered @ChaCha

I heard about the answer-service ChaCha a couple weeks ago. The first question I asked it was “Would a veggie burrito make a good lunch?” A couple minutes later, I got a response that said “A veggie burrito would make an excellent lunch. It’s fast and cheap and vegetarian to boot.” Now that’s the kind of reinforcement I need!


Taking a "Follow Break"

If you follow someone on Twitter who sometimes gets a bit too prolific, the folks over at Someecards have you covered: “I think we need to take a follow break until your Twittering gets under control.” Totally starred it. Those guys are good.