Ben Ward

Please note that I am very happily employed at Twitter and not looking for new full-time opportunities at this time. Thank you.

Ben Michael Ward



Expert front-end engineer in using , , and high performance , , and .

Experience maintaining large-scale web applications and tools with , , and , with , , and .

Advocate and evangelist for web standards technologies such as , related APIs and .

Creative contributor to entire product development process; communicates ideas rigorously.

Produces clear and accessible documentation for developers, and can communicate with application users.

Good design eye, happiest in close collaboration with user experience designers. Decent working knowledge of layout and .


Passion for good and design.


Staff Software Engineer

  • Twitter , San Francisco
  • (–Present)

Technical lead for Twitter for Websites.

  • Responsible for of embeddable widgets; Tweet buttons, embedded Tweets, timelines.
  • Writing cross-browser, cross-device, performance-optimised JavaScript for third party integration.
  • Major contributor to the Twitter developer platform over years.
  • Built features for, Twitter for Websites, web and mobile.
  • Built endpoints for the Twitter API, developer tools, OAuth.

Software Applications Development Engineer

Front-end developer at the Yahoo Developer Network.

  • Designing and building developer platform participation and collaboration tools.
  • Major contributor to analysis, design and specification of a large publishing CMS project.
  • Developed various designs and tools around developer information sharing and collaboration both in public and within in an international organisation of 13,000 co-workers.

Software Applications Development Engineer

Engineer on Fire Eagle.

  • Worked on application design, user experience and front end implementation of geo-platform-based Facebook application for social sharing of location.

  • Contributed to product ideation and brainstorming for future Brickhouse projects.

  • Wrote ‘ OAuth Best Practices’ documentation for using OAuth with Fire Eagle, still referenced and praised by major OAuth contributors and application developers.

Specification Editor & Author, Community Admin

An active contributor to the successful community driven, structured-data organisation,

  • Specification editor for multiple microformats specifications and patterns.
  • Credited author of the recipe microformat and other lower-level patterns.
  • Promoted to community admin by peers.

A summary of work is part of my user page.

Web Developer

Front-end web developer, worked on a complete rebuild of Kelkoo and large scale publishing of standards-based structured listing data with hListing.


Computation with Industrial Experience BSc

Awarded Upper Second-Class Honours

Includes a final year software developer project (designed and engineered a personal document management application); awarded First Class grade.

Also includes 14-month software development internship; awarded First Class grade.

4 A-Levels

Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge (-)

Computing, Mathematics, Government & Politics. Modern History (AS level).



I cook, take photographs and periodically take up drawing. I play the guitar and indulge in live music. I blog at, and about food at

Since 2014 I've co-hosted a music radio show on San Francisco's BFF.FM.

Prevously a speaker at Barcamps, Social Web Foocamp, WebCamp, BlogTalk, BBC Mashed, and Open Web Camp.