Will it be streamed live? Plus what to expect
(Pocket ribbon) – Twitter wants to get developers excited about its platform again.
The company has announced it is bringing back Chirp, a developer conference it first held in 2010, but has since been canceled multiple times. The lack of an annual developer conference — something all tech giants hold every spring and summer — has often been called a gigantic misstep by the social media company and may have fueled its already rocky relationship with developers.
But Twitter now seems poised to rectify any mistakes. Here’s what you need to know about Chirp, including when and how to watch it online.
What is Twitter Chirp?
Twitter Chirp is Twitter’s developer conference. It was first held 12 years ago. But the last time the company hosted a live developer conference was in 2015, and the conference was called Twitter Flight. Chirp will be held in person in San Francisco, California, and it will be streamed online for everyone to watch at their leisure.
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Registration for Chirp will open soon – via Twitter’s developer website.
When is Twitter Chirp?
Twitter hasn’t announced when it will hold Chirp, but it encourages you to sign up (here) to be the first to know about all Chirp updates, including registration reminders and conference details.
How To Watch Twitter Chirp Online
Twitter said it plans to live stream the keynote and post all sessions online after the event. Pocket-lint will embed the livestream video here as it becomes available.
What to expect from Twitter Chirp
The conference will include a keynote for consumers and developers to watch. It will also include technical sessions and opportunities for in-person attendees to meet with the Twitter Developer Platform team to ask questions. In the meantime, Community Meetup groups will host regional events after Chirp. Via a Twitter Space, the company also announced a: developer challenge with prizes worth $520,000.
In a blog postTwitter discussed why it’s bringing Chirp back and what that means for the developer community:
“At Twitter, we are committed to developing ways for developers to improve the Twitter experience, foster community connections, inspire conversations, and empower developers to make a difference… As part of this, we’re announcing a number of initiatives including the return of the Chirp Developer Conference, which allows developers to connect with our team and others in the community in real life and online; the launch of the Chirp Developer Challenge to inspire and reward innovation; and updates to our developer website to help the community continue to grow with our platform”.
Twitter will likely preview new features it has in the works and discuss any upcoming changes to its app. It’ll be interesting to see if it’s more open to third-party developers – because that could unlock a lot of new experiences and uses for Twitter. The company hasn’t said exactly what it will be using the keynote for, but a quick look at our Twitter hub shows it’s currently testing some features, including the recently announced long blog notes, so maybe some of these will get some stage time at Chirp.
Written by Maggie Tillman.