Twitter has launched a new site for developers apparently aimed at providing better info on how to develop for the company’s platform. This comes at a time when the FTC is said to be eyeing the company over its competitive practices in relation to its third-party apps.
“With over 1,000,000 registered applications and 750,000 developers building on the platform today, we needed a new home to support the Twitter community better,” writes Arnaud Meunier on the Twitter Developer blog. “So, we listened to everyone and gathered your ideas. The new site enhances communication channels, offers improved reference material and documentation, and will foster better interaction for everyone who visits it.”
“As you dive in, you’ll notice a number of changes,” adds Meunier. “We focused on tightly structuring the content so it is more easily discoverable and understandable. Because the site will have to change over time to serve the needs of our evolving community, we relaunched it using Drupal, which provides more flexibility, better tools than we had, and a large developer network with whom we can work more closely.”
Included on the new site are: Discussions, a new developer blog, better documentation, a new app manager, and enhanced search. Regarding discussions, Meunier writes, “We need a place to talk with each other that gives us more functionality than we have now. So, it’s time to move away from the mailing list. In the new discussions section, you’ll find “Hot Topics” for the most popular conversations. And you can subscribe to the categories and threads that interest you most. Lastly, we created a “Dev Teatime” section to focus on a more social side of the community.”
According to Meunier, this is just a “starting point,” and they’ll continue to add features.