The open source behind Twitter

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You’ve maybe heard of identi.ca, a micro blogging tool like Twitter, but 100% open source, but did you realize that, as Jason Hibbets says, “Without open source, Twitter wouldn’t exist”? Jason starts off his interview with Chris Aniszczyk, Open Source Manager at Twitter:

Every Tweet you send and receive touches open source software on its journey between computers and mobile devices. We were curious about how much open source is used at Twitter. Beyond that, we wanted to discover how open source may influence the culture at Twitter, Inc.

One of the things I tell all of my open source students is that open source powers the web – and most of the popular sites that they use every day. So, open source fans, don’t write off Twitter just because the software itself isn’t open source, at least the power of open source is still being harnessed to keep this popular micro-blogging site afloat!

If you want to learn more about how Twitter uses the power of open source read the entire interview and/or check out Twitter’s open source page.

Sharing pictures on Twitter

I just logged in to Twitter on the web and found out that I can now post pictures right from Twitter.

I have been using the Flickr image share option to post to Twitter and I know others of you have been using TwitPic, but now we have another option. There is now a camera icon to the left of the ‘What’s happening?’ box. Clicking that asks you to upload an image.

After that Twitter turns the image in to a link and clicking the link shows you the tweet and the image: