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Twitter API Engagement Programming with PHP and MySQL (Adam Green's Guide to the Twitter API) Paperback – September 1, 2013
"Glad to see such a focused book filled with useful recipes like this. The approaches to using PHP should be flexible and reusable for those continuing to work with the platform as it evolves."
Taylor Singletary (@episod), Platform relations at Twitter
"Adam Green's down to earth, no-BS style reflects the difference between a writer who has been assigned to write about the Twitter API and a developer who’s used Twitter’s API for years, warts and all, and has put in writing that hard earned knowledge."
John Musser (@johnmusser), Founder, ProgrammableWeb.com
Adam Green draws on five years of Twitter application consulting work and an additional 25 years of software development experience to create a unique blend of strategy and code in this book. Twitter API Engagement Programming is fully compatible with the latest API version 1.1, and is built around a set of time-tested source code for:• collecting tweets and users from the Twitter API on any subject
• identifying the most influential tweeters on that subject
• organizing opinion leaders and their followers to help spread your message.
Over the years Green refined a Twitter engagement methodology called “Collect, Identify, and Engage,” and used it to grow client accounts many times over in follower and retweet counts. The source code for this process is now made available here for anyone who can program in PHP with MySQL.
Green leads you through the reasoning behind all of the working code, explains how each script fits into the strategy, and why it will increase any account’s size and influence on Twitter.
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The book seems like a lot of content but there are pages of codes, which are not meaningful to learning the knowledge (nor is it good for copying and pasting the text, we can do that with git download these days).
It was clear that this was a person that understood Twitter both from a marketing perspective and a programmatic one. This is not something I can say about many people. Actually beyond Adam I am drawing a blank right now.
Most technologists struggle to think like a marketer and most marketers obviously are not programmers.
I had high expectations, maybe too high even...but Adam completely gave me more than I expected in every way.
So why should I buy this book? Like I said before…people like Adam are incredibly rare; using the Twitter API is core to my business, and this book is a bit like getting some free consulting time out of him.
I don't necessarily need help in building any more Twitter apps, as what I have now in place is working beautifully. But already I have picked up a few things that I could be doing better with my usage of Twitter.
If you are thinking about building out your own apps using the Twitter API – obviously this book is a no-brainer.
But if you are interested in Twitter marketing in general, there is some great value here as well.
I admit that I'm a beginner of PHP and MySQL database and twitter api and the author said we could modify his code, however I still hope the book can be more newbie friendly. At least it should have database error checking by itself.
Really enjoyed that book. Thanks.