Twitter has announced a new beta service called Site Streams a new feature on the Streaming API. The new functionality allows mobile push services to immediately display new tweets, mentions and other data as soon as they come in without having to deal with Twitter’s REST API rate limits.
“The initial version delivers events created by, or directed to, users that have shared their OAuth token with your application. The following events are streamed immediately, and without rate limits: Direct Messages, Mentions, Follows, Favorites, Tweets, Retweets, Profile changes, and List changes. A subsequent version that will optionally deliver each users’ home timeline is planned.” said a post on Twitter’s blog.