By William Kristoph
The old saying goes, “The beatings will continue until morale improves.”
Twitter is taking that to heart with their new API. They’re doing everything they can to beat down 3rd Party Application Developers. I get it, Twitter wants the Twitter brand to be up front, not any of the array of 3rd Party Apps out in the wild. They want users to think of Twitter, not Tweetbot. Again, I understand it from a branding and control perspective.
Here’s my problem:
The Twitter app for the iPhone stinks compared to Tweetbot. I’m sorry, but it’s terrible. They’ve hidden settings, the feed is slow and they don’t seem to want to spend a lot of time adding new features or making user’s life easier. Does Twitter not understand why so many users turn to alternative apps? Honestly, I love Tweetbot, but I’m not loyal to it to a fault. If Twitter put out an as good or better app, I’d be happy to be all over it to avoid the rate limiting that 3rd party apps will suffer.
Maybe I’m the minority? Maybe I’m a power user and Twitter just cares about the masses or those people who actually use the Twitter.com website. Maybe I just feel like it’s wrong of a company to kick developers to the curb after they helped the service grow so fast into what it is today? Maybe it’s the fact that I don’t like how Twitter changed their birdsong after becoming successful, instead of being up front from the beginning?
For a better explanation of the API impact check out Translating and Talking Through Twitter’s New API Restrictions.