The twitter firehose is a LOT of data, TweetMeme spends it’s life sifting through finding all the URL’s resolving millions of shortened URL’s (e.g. http://bit.ly, http://tinyurl.com) in the process. Once resolved we go grab the title of the story, and also do a lot of clever stuff to get images/videos + the body of text (i.e. the description of the story).
We thought it would be useful to expose this data via a set of API calls which developers could use to improve their twitter applications who do not wish the massive burden of processing all the data that TweetMeme does.
From Today we launch 3 simple methods that expose a small part of our dataset, these will hopefully be followed by more that allows data-mining around the unique resolved-stories dataset we have.
If you want to dive straight into the technical description please go visit our API page
The three calls we have exposed so far are,
- url_info – This allows developers to take any URL posted to twitter and get back the title, category, tweet count, date posted and the resolved URL.
- recent – Grabs the most recent stories from Tweetmeme
- popular – Grabs the most popular stories from Tweetmeme
If you wish to get updates on further developers follow tweetmemedev