@mention API


This might be a long shot - but does anyone know if Twitter has an API for it’s @mention functionality?

Idea is that we develop a directory of users within our business and integrate the @mention functionality into some of our applications (e.g. IM, email, web profiles etc). Whenever someone places an @symbol in front of a person’s name, this triggers a query of our employee database. If a user is found, the name turns blue and provides a hyperlink to their internal profile page. Was hoping there would be a Twitter API I could leverage to implement this.

Hope that makes sense!



What kind of API would you want? I’m not really clear on how Twitter would offer a service to let you implement @links to non-Twitter accounts and profiles in an email client, for example.