Microblogging is a new form of communication in which users can describe their current status in short posts distributed by instant messages, mobile phones, email or the Web. Twitter, a popular microblogging tool has seen a lot of growth since it launched in October, 2006. In this paper,the author presents his observations of the microblogging phenomena and show the ability of this to become the learning collaboration tools by combining the power of some REST-Based APIs available on the Internet.
Twitter is a social-networking and microb-logging service developed in San Francisco and first launched in October 2006. Twitter posts, or, \u2018tweets\u2019, are no longer than 140 characters in length and can include hyperlinks. One becomes a Twitter user, or twitterer, by creating a personal account and by posting tweets to a personalised online news feed, or, as it is more commonly known, a 'timeline' which displays them in reverse chronological order (i.e. most recent at the top). The default setting for Twitter accounts is that user timelines are public unless the account holder decides to make them private, in which case, they are only accessible to approved followers of that account. If a Twitter user decides to follow another twitterer, then they will receive that person's tweets on their timeline. Twitter timelines, therefore, comprise of both tweets by the account holder as well as the users they are following. Part of Twitter's popularity is its ease of use and versatility; although Twitter a was developed initially as a web-based platform, tweets can be sent via a computer or via a mobile phone as an SMS message. On some mobile phone networks in some countries, users can receive tweets from selected users they are following as text messages. In Indonesia, for example, both AXIS, allow tweets to be received as SMS messages. There are now many free desktop clients (i.e software users download and install) for Macs and PCs (e.g. Tweetdeck, Seesmic ) and mobile \u2018apps\u2019 (e.g. UberTwitter, Snaptu) for various types of 'smart' phones (e.g. iPhone,BlackBerry, Nokia) that make sending, organising and reading tweets easier. Due to their brevity, tweets have much in common with the short text- making practices associated with SMS messages, instant messaging or Facebook status updates. However, it is blog posts. Unlike blog posts, there are distinct categories of tweets, each with their own user generated conventions:
Hash Tags (#) \u2013 a symbol written before the particular topic to make the topic searchable in other tweets in Twitter
By default twitter don\u2019t have Picture upload for the tweets and URL shortener features , so we add one using Twitpic API for the Picture Upload and bit.ly API for the URL Shortener.
The Application is made using PHP programming language that can be supported in most web servers so it can be installed almost anywhere .
A RESTful web service (also called a RESTful web API) is a simple web service implemented using HTTP and the principles of REST. Such a web service can be thought about as a collection
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