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Twitter Application Development For Dummies

Got a great idea for a new Twitter application? Make the Twitter app development process easier, more fun, and more rewarding with some simple guidelines for planning, creating, and distributing your work.

Marketing Your Twitter Application

When your Twitter application has launched, it's time to spread the word about your app. Your product can sell itself if you tell the story. Proven promotional strategies can accelerate your growth and build your user base:

  • Connect with potential users through social media, such as Twitter and Facebook.

  • Promote and support the application through a Web site and targeted mailing lists.

  • Network with industry opinion leaders and product reviewers.

  • Purchase Web banner advertising.

  • Promote your application through conventional advertising and search engine optimization.

Making Money from Twitter Applications

Twitter application development can create income through multiple channels. These methods take your innovative code and convert it into folding cash you can put in your wallet:

  • Sell advertising within your Twitter application directly or through a Web ad network.

  • Direct users to a Web site that sells related products.

  • Increase the awareness of a brand.

  • Attract users to the paid version of your Twitter application with a free demo version.

  • Promote your Twitter development service.

Avoiding Common Problems with Twitter App Development

Twitter application development and operation can be surprisingly straightforward or brutally painful. The best way to simplify the process is to equip yourself for success at the start. Follow a few simple guidelines:

  • Use version control software to manage the pieces during development.

  • Avoid excessive calls to the Twitter API.

  • Plan your server to be scalable.

  • Monitor the performance of your server.

Finding a Great Idea for a Twitter Application

Your Twitter application can be simple or complex. It can be a tool used by millions or a specialized gadget used by dozens. It depends on your skill, your objectives, and your subject area:

  • Decide whether you're developing for fun, for practice, or for professional use.

  • Ask the potential users what they want to do with a Twitter application.

  • Experiment with similar Twitter applications and find all of the features that you would like to duplicate.

  • Match your objectives with your programming skill set.

Finding Other Twitter App Development Resources

Twitter application development is a dynamic, public process, andthere's fresh, hot information about Twitter app development on the Internet. For updates on the latest Twitter API developments, consult these online resources:

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