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Results from The Twitter Blog for: July 2008

Big Change in Protected-User Model

This week we rolled out a change that most people won’t notice but for those who do it’s a pretty big deal. The change effects those who choose to protect their updates—i.e., only allow those whom they approve follow them.

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Twitter As News-wire

Where Are My Followers?

Update: This has been fixed but the actual numbers and profile pictures might not look right until tomorrow afternoon due to caching.

Recently, some people began noticing a decline in their following and follower numbers. We investigated and determined this was caused by an error during a database upgrade. We’ll be restoring followers throughout the day to those who were affected and keeping the status blog and Get Satisfaction forum updated with specifics.

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Follower Stats by TwitterCounter

Here’s a fun new application from Dutch entrepreneur Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten and friends that will appeal to anyone who likes simple stats. TwitterCounter is a free service for folks who want to track and share the number of followers they have on Twitter.

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An Ongoing Battle

Because following another account on Twitter is something you must do with intent, we don’t see the same kind of spam normally associated with email—namely, lots of unsolicited Twitter updates in your timeline. However, Twitter has grown popular and thus attracted those who would try to manipulate various features to redirect traffic or gain some other advantage.

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Finding A Perfect Match

Last month, Twitter had a very special date in New York City. We met with another startup, had lunch at the famous Shake Shack, and spent some quality time together in Union Square. The meeting with this other startup was largely a formality—we had already fallen in love with both the technology and the team.

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Let Our Congress Tweet

From letourcongresstweet.org: “Congress should join us where we the people are talking, sharing and networking – online. As Congress reconsiders the restrictions placed on their Internet use, you can tell Congress to embrace the communication technologies that we already use.”

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Twitter and XMPP: Drinking from The Fire Hose

Last year, the folks over at Technorati approached us about building something unique to suit their needs regarding search. We created a special real-time feed of every single public Twitter update to be delivered over the open XMPP protocol. Despite delivery over a faster and cheaper technology, this entire public feed of Twitter updates is resource intensive—we had to be very careful about giving it out.

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Twitter Glitter

WARNING EMITS SHOWERS OF SPARKS SHOOTS FLAMING BALLS AND REPORTS

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