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The Open Source Technology Behind Twitter 81

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from the look-under-the-hood dept.
caseyb89 writes "If it weren't for open source technology, you wouldn't be able to tweet. Chris Aniszczyk, Open Source Manager at Twitter, shares how open source is vital to Twitter's success. He states that using open source is a 'no-brainer' for Twitter because it 'allows us to customize and tweak code to meet our fast-paced engineering needs as our service and community grows.' Twitter also established an open source office about a year ago to support a variety of open source organizations that are important to them. Aniszczyk will discuss Twitters open source usage in his keynote at LinuxCon."
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The Open Source Technology Behind Twitter

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  • If Twitter was really based on an open source model, they would have fixed that 160 character limit a long time ago; It's a relic of a bygone era. They also would have added some extra privacy and patched the security vulnerability in the EULA module.
    • Re:Yeah right. (Score:4, Insightful)

      by i kan reed (749298) on Monday August 13, 2012 @02:25PM (#40975865) Homepage Journal

      Yeah, but now 140 characters is part of twitter's culture and identity. The fact that the SMS limit doesn't exist anymore doesn't matter one iota.

      What is twitter without banally short attention spans?

      • by cpu6502 (1960974)

        >>>The fact that the SMS limit doesn't exist anymore...

        It doesn't? Last I heard if you enter a really long text, the phone software will divide it into 2 to 3 SMS sends of 128 bytes each, and then double or triple-bill you for that text.

    • Re:Yeah right. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by vlm (69642) on Monday August 13, 2012 @02:27PM (#40975899)

      If Twitter was really based on an open source model, they would have fixed that 160 character limit a long time ago; It's a relic of a bygone era.

      The identica people can't seem to decide on a limit.

      http://status.net/2010/02/15/identi-ca-character-limit-results [status.net]

      http://status.net/wiki/Identica/web [status.net]

      This is very much like the desktop publishing situation in the 80s... people whining that they can't express themselves without using 45 different fonts and 5 colors on a page... Newsflash is they can't express themselves... at all... a tech feature isn't going to fix that.

    • by Hatta (162192)

      Isn't the 160 character limit a limitation of the SMS protocol, and not Twitter?

      • by romiz (757548)
        The "concatenated SMS" protocol, which removes this limit in exchange for a higher message count, existed before twitter started to be relevant: It is defined in GSM/3GPP release R99, which was already widely deployed even in low-cost devices in 2006, when twitter was created.
      • by EMR (13768)

        And how many people honestly have their twitter feed sent to their phone via SMS?

      • by gl4ss (559668)

        and the sms protocol has nothing to do with twitter really + you have had multipart sms's before twitter was born.

        the limit is more about them being cheapskates with hw at the beginning(due to not having money) and it making building the infrastructure cheaper. ALSO as it was used mainly as "one liner"(remember those from bbs's?) replacement on web-pages originally it didn't matter that much since the real content would have been on the blog the tweets were about.

  • by manicpop (1342057) on Monday August 13, 2012 @02:22PM (#40975833)
    Much like Google, Twitter embraces open source when it benefits them, even as they are in the process of locking down their API and making the service more "closed." It says a lot about open source that tech companies are finding so much benefit in embracing it as PART of their strategy, but the Twitter platform itself will never be completely open source, because Twitter knows it benefits them to keep it closed.
    • by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 13, 2012 @02:40PM (#40976049)

      Twitter actually releases a ton of code and patches. See: https://github.com/twitter

      They seem to believe in actually giving back..

      • by manicpop (1342057)
        Open source in the corporate world is a not a matter of "giving back" -- in terms of, let's say, a "charitable donation" -- it's all about what's beneficial to the company and what they are REQUIRED to give back due to open source licenses. We shouldn't be thanking Twitter for being a part of the open source community; they've obviously made a business decision that contributing to the community benefits them. If they cared about open source more than other business decisions and (potential) profits, they'd
      • by jmerlin (1010641) on Monday August 13, 2012 @04:03PM (#40976895)
        Also: bootstrap.
    • by rhsanborn (773855)
      Twitter embraces open source because it's FREE as in beer. It's much easier to bootstrap a company with free stuff. Everything else is a side benefit.
  • Slashdot's new meme. (I've noticed it's now popular to post this on most articles.)

  • by Anonymous Coward

    If it weren't for open source technology, you wouldn't be able to tweet.

    The article sounds like an astroturf for Microsoft.

  • Twitter didn't build that.
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