The Twitter Engineering Blog

Information from Twitter's engineering team about our technology, tools and events.

Results from Engineering for: February 2013

Drinking from the Streaming API

Today we’re open-sourcing the Hosebird Client (hbc) under the ALv2 license to provide a robust Java HTTP library for consuming Twitter’s Streaming API. The client is full featured: it offers support for GZip, OAuth and partitioning; automatic reconnections with appropriate backfill counts; access to raw bytes payload; proper retry schemes, and relevant statistics.

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Twitter Typeahead.js: You Autocomplete Me

Twitter typeahead.js is a fast and battle-tested jQuery plugin for auto completion. Today we’re open sourcing the code on GitHub under the MIT license. By sharing a piece of our infrastructure with the open source community, we hope to evolve typeahead.js further with community input.

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New Twitter search results

We just shipped a new version of the Twitter app with a brand new search experience that blends the most relevant content - Tweets, user accounts, images, news, related searches, and more - into a single stream of results. This is a major shift from how we have previously partitioned results by type (for instance, Tweet search vs. people search). We think this simplified experience makes it easier to find great content on Twitter using your mobile device.

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