How Google Crafted the First Twitter Android App


Oleksii Skurikhin

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May 14, 2024

Did you know that Google developed the first versions of Twitter and other popular apps on Android with no strings attached?

According to Sara Beykpour, a former Twitter employee and the company's second Android engineer, "The Twitter for Android client was a demo app that Google had created and gave to us." Twitter then took this foundation and continued to develop it into the robust platform it is today.


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Of course, these designs are now about as current as your grandma's flip phone, but back then, they were top-notch.

Key lessons for startups in 2024

  1. When designing your app, always keep the user in mind. Prioritize seamless navigation, intuitive interfaces, and quick access to key features. Regular UX testing ensures your app is user-friendly and meets your audience's evolving needs.
  2. Analyze support tickets to identify the most frequent requests and find common patterns instead of addressing each issue individually. Spending 20% of the time replacing a whole section of the app can eliminate 80% of your users' problems.
  3. Integrating your app with widely used platforms and services can enhance its functionality. APIs from social media, payment gateways, and cloud services can enrich user experiences and expand your app’s capabilities.
  4. Sharing your progress and insights gained in the process on social media platforms will drive engagement and traffic. Posts detailing the journey and steps taken to achieve milestones often go viral, making social media a top source for sign-ups. A single viral post on Reddit can increase traffic tenfold overnight.
  5. Incorporate AI-driven features to personalize user experiences, provide intelligent recommendations, and automate customer service. Tools like TensorFlow, Azure AI, and AWS Machine Learning can help you add these advanced features.
  6. Ensure your app runs smoothly on all devices. Focus on speed, reduce load times, and test across various hardware and network conditions. Performance optimization is crucial for maintaining a positive user experience.
  7. As Google did with their early app development efforts, be prepared to go above and beyond to make your app successful. This might mean providing extra features, offering exceptional support, and continuously iterating based on user feedback.

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