Twitter has hit another major benchmark as the micro-blogging site now boasts at least one million registered applications - up from just 150,000 at this time last year.
Don't get these confused with third-party Twitter clients like Tweetie and TweetDeck, both of which have been acquired by Twitter itself already.
Many of these registered apps focus on real-time Twitter events and coverage. Take a look at Mass Relevance, which aggregated over 160,000 tweets during the White House's Twitter Town Hall last week.
More examples range from more enterprise-focused programs such as brand monitoring tools from Radian6 to a trivia game using tweets on Poptweets for iOS.
Twitter estimates that a new app is registered every 1.5 seconds, which is "fueling a spike in ecosystem growth in the areas of analytics, curation and publisher tools." The San Francisco-site defends that a the figure of more than $500 million having been invested in ecosystem companies since the end of 2010, so obviously there is something to this.
Additionally, Twitter is launching a new portal based on Drupal for its developers. Some of the major new features that can be seen on the Twitter Developer Site include the basics like an enhanced search engine and an improved apps manager. Twitter reps will also be sharing news, events, API announcements, developer tips and case studies.
One of the more interactive features is the Discussions section, which includes both a Hot Topics column for more popular conversations amongst developers as well as "Dev Teatime” that focuses on the more social side of the Twitter developer community.
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