Kevin Makice

Kevin Makice

Impoverished Ph.D. student

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Kevin Makice is currently a Ph.D. student at the Indiana University School of Informatics, the first such doctoral program in the nation. His research interests center around local use of technology and the application of relational psychology to complexity and design. Prior to completing his Masters of Science in Human-Computer Interaction in 2006, Kevin was the primary Internet programmer for TicketsNow, a clearinghouse for sports, theatre, and entertainment tickets available in the secondary market. Along with three others, he won the CHI 2005 student competition by designing a concept for ad-hoc volunteering system for elderly residents in assisted-living centers. Past research includes political wikis, tangible interfaces for children's games, machinima, and network analysis of ball movement in basketball. Much of his blogging and academic efforts over the past year has focused on exploring Twitter as a means of community building.

Areas of Expertise:

  • social media
  • UX research
  • conceptual design
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • writing



Webcast: Finding Design Opportunities in the Twitter Ecosystem May 29, 2009 This webcast takes a closer look at the Twitter design space by reviewing existing applications across several dimensions and looking for unaddressed needs of the user and developer community.


“This groundbreaking book is definitely for Twitter fans who want to do more than just answer the question, “What are you doing?””
— Dominique James, Sacramento Book Review
“A wonderful account of the rich ecosystem surrounding Twitter's API. This book gives you the insight and techniques needed to craft your own tools for this rapidly expanding social network. ”
— Craig Hockenberry, developer of Twitterrific
“This book is more than just a great technical resource for the Twitter API. It also provides a ton of insight into Twitter culture and the current landscape of apps. It's perfect for anyone looking to start building web applications that integrate with Twitter. ”
— Matt Gillooly, Lead developer for Twalala
“An exceptionally detailed look at Twitter from the developer's perspective, including useful and functional sample code!”
— Damon Cortesi, creator of Tweetstat, Tweepsearch, and Tweetsum
“A truly comprehensive resource for anyone who wants to get started with developing applications around the Twitter platform.”
— David Troy, Developer for Twittervision
Twitter API: Up and Running is a very comprehensive and useful resource--any developer will feel the urge to code a Twitter-related application right after finishing the book! ”
— The Lollicode team, creators of Twitscoop
“This book rocks! I would have loved to have this kind of support when I initially created TwitDir.”
— Laurent Pantanacce, creator of TwitDir
Twitter API: Up and Running is a friendly, accessible introduction to the Twitter API. Even beginning web developers can have a working Twitter project before they know it. Sit down with this for a weekend and you're on your way to Twitter API mastery.”
— Alex Payne (@al3x), Twitter API Lead