This unofficial Twitter Ruby gem is in its 5th version, and is heavily supported with documentation and code examples. Twitter Ruby Gem allows users to follow a user, retrieve a user name, fetch a timeline of tweets by a user, and many other functions. In this version of the gem, Twitter Streaming API is also experimentally supported.
With APIs becoming more and more prominent, a growing number of companies are finding success with API-only or API-centric offerings. So is building customer-facing applications a thing of the past? While there is good reason to believe that the trend toward API-focused companies will continue and even accelerate, there are still virtues to building end-to-end solutions.