Using Twitter in Your SharePoint Solutions
What's in This Chapter?
- Understanding what Twitter is and how you can use it programmatically
- Understanding OAuth applications using Twitter
- Leveraging Twitter to build an application that integrates with SharePoint
Many companies are looking at ways to integrate Web 2.0 sites and technologies into SharePoint. The popularity of Twitter makes it a prime candidate to begin to integrate this Web 2.0 experience into the collaborative experience of SharePoint. In this chapter, you'll learn about Twitter and the difference between authenticated and unauthenticated integration. More importantly, you'll get a taste of how you can get started using the Twitter application programming interfaces (APIs) to build your own Twitter-based application for SharePoint.
Before we take a look at how you integrate Twitter and SharePoint, let's first explore the basics of Twitter.
Overview of Twitter
You have very likely heard of Twitter before reading this chapter, as it is one of the most prominent and pervasively used social networking technologies of our recent times. If you have not heard of Twitter, it's essentially a website that offers a form of social networking — more precisely, micro-blogging services — that provides members who sign up for the service the capability to send and read messages from other members. These text-based messages are restricted to a 140-character limit and are displayed on the Twitter website, as well as routed ...