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Twitter Hosts NYC Office Hours to Make Nice with Newsroom Developers Incensed Over API Crackdown

They better have good snacks.

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Tech companies weren’t the only ones up in arms after Twitter walled up its API. As Nieman Lab noted back in August, when the company said they just want to “deliver a consistent Twitter experience,” developers for newsrooms like the Washington Post and news apps like Storify and Instapaper had a collective panic attack. For services like the Post‘s @MentionMachine, which tracks presidential candidates on Twitter, developers were forced to rework the front end in order to match Twitter’s style of tweet embeds.

To clear the air–and perhaps to encourage newsroom tech teams to keep developing on its platform (as if social media dependent-traffic hounds had a choice anymore!)–Twitter is hosting “Office Hours” in New York City next week. In an email announcing the event, the company said the session was prompted by a flood of questions and concerns from news developers.

The sign-up page for the two hour session on Thursday, October 25th, promises that members from the Twitter Platform team will be on hand to answer questions. It also solicits input from attendees to see whether the confusion lies with its REST API, Search API, Streaming API, or Twitter for websites. According to the presumably “consistent” button at the top, the sign-up page has yet to be tweeted.

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