May 31, 2011 § Leave a comment
Something has irked Twitter. Apparently, it’s Twitpics, Yfrog, Flickr and Instagr.am. Grr, says Twit High Guy Ryan Sarver, who warned third-party developers to stray away from putting out “client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience.”
You know, those people who have helped develop Twitter, both internally and externally shouldn’t do that anymore. Because they’re making money that they shouldn’t be making — That doesn’t sound like their brutish older brother Facebook or anything; Stop developing innovative tools to share social experiences with the masses, because we’re suppose to do that, but haven’t yet, but, we will soon…yadda, yadda.
Per Fast Company, “Twitter’s leaders have talked plenty about about third-party apps. They can extend Twitter’s capabilities, but they can also turn off the more casual, less tech-savvy user. And Twitter needs to recruit those users to grow.”
While this is true, Twitter has become successful because it targeted the more tech-savvy user, who was getting sick of the less tech-savvy users who were diluting the Facebook stream.
Also, with the success of Flickr and Instagr.am, which offers a “fast, beautiful, and fun way to share your life,” it’s a wonder what success Twitter photo sharing will have. Especially since Instagr.am has gotten over 4 million users in just around six months, and has created a micro-social network through photo sharing. Especially since new apps like 100 Cameras in 1 are allowing users to edit and beautify their pictures directly from their mobile device. Especially since Twitter should have nothing to worry about at this stage of the game, and only benefits from third-party developers driving people to and from their platform. C’mon, man.
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