Twitter meets with local tech developers

A Twitter app to help developers called "fabric." (Feb. 11, 2014)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Representatives from social media giant Twitter were in Grand Rapids Wednesday night to meet with West Michigan technology developers.

“We’re showcasing developers, their talents. We’re also showing that Grand Rapids as a community is growing,” said Rob Macy, the community manager at The Factory downtown.

A meeting of local developers with representatives from Twitter. (Feb. 11, 2015)
(A meeting of local developers with representatives from Twitter.)

Around 100 mobile and web app developers gathered at The Factory to hear from Twitter about a tool it created to help them called ‘fabric.’

“When you find that people are using tons of different devices and different operating systems, sometimes your app crashes and you can’t know why when you are building on your own. So we have a tool that lets you gather reports form users in a way that makes it easy to fix the bugs,” Bear Douglas, a developer advocate with Twitter, explained.

Twitter wasn’t in town only to share their ideas, but also to hear from West Michigan developers about what they have created and are working on.

“We know the next great mobile app can come from anywhere, so we wanted to go out where people are developing and get outside of Silicon Valley and meet people all over the county, and see what they are working on, see what we can help them build,” Douglas said.

Grand Rapids is one of only 11 cities Twitter is stopping in during its nationwide tour.

“This is showing that technology here is growing. To have a national presence, a national company like Twitter come in and choose us as one of their top stops on the tour between Chicago and Detroit is amazing,” Macy said.

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