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Twitter Discards Client UI Community

Soulskill posted more than 3 years ago | from the pack-your-junk dept.

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Antique Geekmeister writes "Twitter has just decided to discard the community of developers who've created interesting and innovative UI applications. The announcement shows that they intend to switch from the 'bazaar' model of development to the 'cathedral,' with much tighter control of user interfaces for 'security' and 'consistency.'"

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127 comments

Wait, Twitter has a community? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467260)

I'm pretty sure that there's no real value to Twitter, so why would it have a community?

Re:Wait, Twitter has a community? (2)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467470)

There's no real value to the [select * political_party where political_party='p0wned by corporations' or elected >=1960].. That hasn't stopped people voting for them.

Re:Wait, Twitter has a community? (2)

rilian4 (591569) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467482)

There's no real value to the [select * political_party where political_party='p0wned by corporations' or elected >=1960].. That hasn't stopped people voting for them.

So essentially you're saying there is no value to any political party whatsoever as 100% of them fit your query. Voting is our right and our duty therefore we must vote for someone. Whom would you possibly vote for using your theory that *all* political parties have no value?

Re:Wait, Twitter has a community? (1)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467542)

Not completely true! There are one or two corrupt military juntas that have been in power since before 1960. They're pretty vauable.

Re:Wait, Twitter has a community? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467632)

If they're corrupt then they're (at least partially) getting owned by corporations, meaning they fall under the category of having no real value.

It's the incorruptible military juntas you're looking for.

Re:Wait, Twitter has a community? (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467678)

There's no real value to the [select * political_party where political_party='p0wned by corporations' or elected >=1960].. That hasn't stopped people voting for them.

So essentially you're saying there is no value to any political party whatsoever as 100% of them fit your query. Voting is our right and our duty therefore we must vote for someone. Whom would you possibly vote for using your theory that *all* political parties have no value?

I'm sure you can find at least one political party that has never been in power (never mind the "since 1960" part), and hasn't had a chance to get its nose into the trough ...

Re:Wait, Twitter has a community? (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 3 years ago | (#35468086)

Somebody who isn't a member of a political party?

Re:Wait, Twitter has a community? (1)

cynicist (1112505) | more than 3 years ago | (#35468416)

Voting is our right and our duty therefore we must vote for someone

That's amusing

Re:Wait, Twitter has a community? (3, Informative)

feepness (543479) | more than 3 years ago | (#35468692)

Voting is our right and our duty therefore we must vote for someone.

Homer: America, take a good look at your beloved candidates. They're nothing but hideous space reptiles. [unmasks them]
[audience gasps in terror]
Kodos: It's true, we are aliens. But what are you going to do about it? It's a two-party system; you have to vote for one of us.
[murmurs]
Man1: He's right, this is a two-party system.
Man2: Well, I believe I'll vote for a third-party candidate.
Kang: Go ahead, throw your vote away.

Re:Wait, Twitter has a community? (1)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 3 years ago | (#35468726)

If you think political corruption has gotten worse since 1960, it's your knowledge of history that is really killing you. Corruption was far worse before 1960, it's gotten a lot better, perhaps mainly because it's easier for people to observe what's happening. Look at the teapot dome scandal, Tammany hall in New York, the corrupt politics of Chicago, the Owens Valley thing, etc. Look what happened during president Grant's tenure. It was really bad way back then. If we survived that, then we can survive the small stuff we have now.

Re:Wait, Twitter has a community? (0)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 3 years ago | (#35469112)

The wall-street and bank bail-outs are the biggest heist of all time. It's the first time that someone has managed to pull off a global-scale heist - and get paid for continuing to steal.

None of those scandals sent the world into the deepest recession since the great depression. None of them threaten to bankrupt 46 of 50 states. None of them created derivatives that are worth multiples of the total global economy, that we have to back out of slowly, all the time guaranteeing any defaults for fear the whole house of cards will collapse. None of them threatened to turn the greenback into the American Peso.

How many banksters went to jail? None. THAT is the true measure of corruption - when the government is too afraid to even put ONE of them on trial.

Re:Wait, Twitter has a community? (1)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 3 years ago | (#35469228)

If you think it was the banks that caused 46 of 50 states to come close to bankruptcy, your knowledge of current events is as bad as your history. That was primarily a function of elected representatives doing their job: increasing spending on projects, while cutting taxes. It's exactly what the people they represented wanted them to do.

Re:Wait, Twitter has a community? (1)

rrohbeck (944847) | more than 3 years ago | (#35469132)

The main difference is that corruption today is accepted political practice, called PAC or "campaign financing."

Re:Wait, Twitter has a community? (1)

kwbauer (1677400) | more than 3 years ago | (#35469272)

the corrupt politics of Chicago

You're not actually suggesting that Chicago has improved over the years, are you?

To borrow from Dragnet... the names have been changed...

... not to protect the innocent but simply because one family eventually becomes stronger and power shifts

Re:Wait, Twitter has a community? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467674)

There's no real value to you, so why would I care?

Re:Wait, Twitter has a community? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467766)

Wait, so I'm not the only one not using Twitter?

Re:Wait, Twitter has a community? (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467776)

Twitter has value, but to it's shareholders and those who would purchase it's user list and access to those users.

I would bet that the reasoning for this is to make sure everybody gets to see the dickbar in a consistent way: front and center.

Re:Wait, Twitter has a community? (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467838)

Twits are attracted to it.

Re:Wait, Twitter has a community? (1)

jo42 (227475) | more than 3 years ago | (#35468144)

Wait, Twitter has a community?

I believe it is called the 'Twitterverse'.

Personally I prefer 'Twatterverse'.

Re:Wait, Twitter has a community? (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 3 years ago | (#35468150)

I'm pretty sure that there's no real value to Twitter, so why would it have a community?

The vast majority of what's found on Twitter is certainly pointless - but it is now considered THE place to find breaking news when it comes to professional baseball at least (and perhaps other sports as well; but baseball is the only one I follow closely_.

What? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467270)

This is a stupid article. Read through TFA and you'll see they didn't do this at all. They tightened up the regulations with regard to tweet semantics to protect the core Twitter experience across multiple third-party apps.

Re:What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467302)

the regulations with regard to tweet semantics to protect the core Twitter experience

Oh dear.

OOI, are there any geeks left who do it for love of technology and challenge, or are they all money-grubbing lackeys to marketroids now?

Re:What? (1)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467338)

the regulations with regard to tweet semantics to protect the core Twitter experience

Oh dear.

Exactly.. Was that for real?

Re:What? (1)

ZankerH (1401751) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467460)

OOI, are there any geeks left who do it for love of technology and challenge?

Yes, that would be the ones that aren't running or working for multi-million dollar corporations.

Re:What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35468180)

So you're saying they're Twitter employees?

Re:What? (2)

dagamer34 (1012833) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467310)

I don't you read the article that well. This part in particular is troubling for a Twitter developer: "*The Opportunity for Developers* Developers have told us that they’d like more guidance from us about the best opportunities to build on Twitter. More specifically, developers ask us if they should build client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience. The answer is no. " Basically, they are saying, "Don't bother writing a Twitter client, ours is so much better than yours." Of course, the REALLY funny part is that Twitter just bought Atebits, rebranded Tweetie and turned that into their iPhone Twitter client. Can you honestly tell me that Twitterific or TweetDeck weren't easily as worthy? And since they've essentially kicked developers out of their primary bread and butter, what's to stop them from going after other areas involving Twitter? They already have an official URL shortening service, so it's only a matter of time before images and video are taken as well. It's the patented "Extend and Extinguish" model pioneered by another famous tech company we all know...

Re:What? (2)

Phoshi (1857806) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467346)

In defense of having their own url shortener, having multiple third party shorteners is a fucking stupid idea and should never have happened. The internet is a bad enough web of inter-tangled links as it is without introducing additional routing layers through unmoderated third parties who run a service which is very hard to monetise. (Because if I have to pay to make links, I won't make them. If I have to pay to view links, nobody will post them. If they serve ads, it's no longer a transparent forward and loses most of its appeal) That a third party service could die and take a huge chunk of the value of twitter's database with it is a terrifying thought, and shortening first party is the only reasonable way around it. It might be them being dicks, but it should have been there from the start.

Re:What? (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467448)

I reckon there is money in typos. People who enter the wrong shortcut and hit a landing page with advertising instead.

Re:What? (1)

Bieeanda (961632) | more than 3 years ago | (#35469052)

Tweetdeck is an obnoxious piece of shit, and probably the exact reason why they're lowering the boom like this. Very recently, they rolled out an automatic 'tweet longer' function that's transparent to the user, and to other Tweetdeck users, but only shows a portion of the original 140 characters and then a shortened URL... that leads to that user's Tweetdeck web page and the whole mondo-tweet. Tweetdeck gets free advertising, the possibility of people changing to avoid that annoying 'functionality', and anyone they happen to partner with for user page advertising gets more eyeballs.

Tweetdeck isn't the only third-party developer who's been caught doing some smelly shit recently, either. Others have been whapped for inserting ads and hijacking users streams for self-promotion and spamming, which is probably the meat of what this is about, and not forcing trending ads or whatever is written on any given person's chunk of falling sky.

Re:What? (2)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467498)

This is a stupid article. Read through TFA and you'll see they didn't do this at all. They tightened up the regulations with regard to tweet semantics to protect the core Twitter experience across multiple third-party apps.

I call shenanigans. If the "core Twitter experience" is so great, they wouldn't have to protect it - anything that broke it would die a painful, lonely, ugly death, since people wouldn't use it.

It's the same as Canonical changing the amazon affiliate id in the Banshee music player - another money-loser getting ready to "monetize".the end user.

Fork it (2)

Threni (635302) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467282)

And while you're at it, support more than 140 chars, or allow compression, or something.

Re:Fork it (3, Funny)

davester666 (731373) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467410)

It already supports compression. Common methods of compression include: removal of vowels, homonyms [like 'ur' instead of 'your'], etc...

Re:Fork it (0)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 3 years ago | (#35468160)

It already supports compression. Common methods of compression include: removal of vowels, homonyms [like 'ur' instead of 'your'], etc...

LOL! RO^HFL!

Re:Fork it (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35468334)

It already supports compression. Common methods of compression include: removal of vowels, homonyms [like 'ur' instead of 'your'], etc...

LOL! RO^HFL!

So... after the backspace, you're not rolling ON the floor laughing, you're just rolling the floor itself while laughing? What is this, Bozo the Clown's Interior Decoration and Home Renovation?

Re:Fork it (2)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467522)

Supporting more than 140 characters would break SMS support.

Re:Fork it (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467530)

Who cares? That's like sticking with upper case because to change would break Apple ][ support. Most Twitter users (twats?) don't use it via SMS anyway.

Re:Fork it (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467600)

Enforced terseness in messages is the only reason I (sometimes) follow Twitter vs pretty much never paying attention to most other social networks.

If Twitter took away the shortness they would be consumed under the flood of other social apps.

Re:Fork it (2)

Gaygirlie (1657131) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467826)

Enforced terseness in messages is the only reason I (sometimes) follow Twitter

I have it completely vice versa: I don't simply see anything worth saying that can be said in only 140 letters, and if it is just a link to another site then I much rather skip the one extra step and go straight for the other site.

Demonstrates quite well how different people can be.

Re:Fork it (2)

contrapunctus (907549) | more than 3 years ago | (#35468126)

I summarized your post in less than 140 characters but according to you there is nothing worth saying in it.

I have it completely vice versa: I don't simply see anything worth saying that can be said in only 140 letters unless it's a link which i could go to directly.

Re:Fork it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35468600)

That's 159 chars. Try this:

I have it vice versa: nothing worthwhile can be said in only 140 letters except direct links http://bit.ly/eBGQP8

Re:Fork it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35468626)

but your post was longer than that :-P

Re:Fork it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35468178)

I don't simply see anything worth saying that can be said in only 140 letters

^^^ 78 chars

Re:Fork it (1)

residieu (577863) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467558)

So send 2 SMSs instead of one. Big deal.

Re:Fork it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467828)

There is no longer a char limit for SMS. Technically a 1000 char message would be sent as multiple messages in the background but to the sender and recipient they all arrive as a single message. Time to move out of the 90s

Re:Fork it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467836)

No it wouldn't. The bottleneck is sending characters not receiving them. People using SMS would only send up to 140 characters while everyone else could post more. Really, why is this so hard for some people to understand?

However, Twitter wouldn't be Twitter without the character limit. I think it would suffer and quickly die.

Re:Fork it (1)

EvilIdler (21087) | more than 3 years ago | (#35468368)

My provider supports 160 characters. Twitter is already not conforming to the SMS standard I've been using for years.

Re:Fork it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35468400)

Buddy you're just showing your own ignorance there. The limit for SMS is 160 characters, no matter the provider. The limit for twitter is 140 characters so that there is 20 characters left over for control codes.

And I don't even use the shit and I know that... *sigh* GET OFF MY LAWN.

Re:Fork it (1)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 3 years ago | (#35469030)

Buddy you're just showing your own ignorance there. The limit for SMS is 160 characters, no matter the provider. The limit for twitter is 140 characters so that there is 20 characters left over for control codes.

I thought the 20 extra characters were so when tweets get sent via SMS, the person posting the tweet's name is included?

Re:Fork it (1)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 3 years ago | (#35468516)

So where do you suggest they put the username in the SMS message? (Psst, that's what the extra 20 characters is reserved for)

Re:Fork it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467566)

If you want a platform that supports more than 140 characters then why aren't you using something like Tumblr instead of Twitter.

Re:Fork it (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467634)

Tumblr has more pron too! thegirlnextdoor.tumblr.com

Re:Fork it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35468418)

Finally, a link that's NSFW while not being NSFL.

Re:Fork it (1)

mr100percent (57156) | more than 3 years ago | (#35468352)

There are numerous tweet-lengthening services like TwitLonger or Deck.ly that have a URL to the full posting

Re:Fork it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35469074)

So, statusnet?

Twitter's End Game (5, Insightful)

dagamer34 (1012833) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467296)

What this really means is that Twitter doesn't want users to have clients that outright refuse to display Promoted Tweets or things like the #dickbar. Seems they are all about the money now...

Re:Twitter's End Game (4, Insightful)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467326)

Considering how much money they've made up until this point, that's hardly surprising.

Re:Twitter's End Game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467376)

too true :)

Re:Twitter's End Game (1)

sirlatrom (1162081) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467474)

Seems they are all about the money now...

... because they were not until now?

Re:Twitter's End Game (1)

rgbscan (321794) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467656)

I hate the #dickbar so much. Man it sucked. I paid for a new client just to get rid of it!

Re:Twitter's End Game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467676)

Do you mean to tell me that the twats have a dickbar?

Applefied (1, Insightful)

drb226 (1938360) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467300)

This strange and sometimes lucrative process is known as "Applefication".

Re:Applefied (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467360)

If by "Applefication" you mean becoming incredibly popular with users, having highest customer satisfaction rates, and making shitload of money to developers and shareholders then yes. Poor Twitter.

Re:Applefied (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467436)

Sorry AC, drb226 meant controlling everything with an iron fist despite their previous motto of "Think Different", selling marginal hardware at boutique prices and catering to 10% of userspace.

Apple doesn't care as long as they have the profits to pay for Steve's new pancreas so he can survive a few more years.

Have you considered donating to the cause?

Re:Applefied (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467658)

Do you morons ever stop to think how amazingly little influence you have when you make posts like that one?

Trust me, nobody is going to change their opinion of Apple's business practices because of your exercise in applied stupidity. But they'll definitely form an opinion about you.

Re:Applefied (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467746)

Ha ha! They're going to form an opinion about Anonymous Coward! This is a travesty, we need to get a team on this, stat!

Accusing people of "applied stupidity" won't win you any friends, so you must be aiming for low influence yourself, yet you posted. It seems likely that you don't care what the person you're responding to thinks of you. Given that, why don't you assume that the reverse is also true? I would say that your post is as devoid of thought as you accuse his of being.

Re:Applefied (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35469032)

Not really, since a massive amount of Mac App Store submissions blatantly break Apple’s HIG, yet are still available.

Did they really think this through? (4, Insightful)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467304)

The client variety for all tastes is what seems to have in part made Twitter so big.

It has unusually diverse clients, and has become a strong platform. And now they throw the "platform" part out to just make it a grey, boring old school software application with no reach for varying interests and usage scenarios in their community?

OK, well... It's their choice of course. But good job in trying to keep the extremely high popularity up. That's all I can say...

I think they'll need our best wishes.

Twitter was where many companies work their butts off to be. A company with their own client, but also a rich ecosystem of clients. Apparently, some don't like that, and *willingly* deconstruct their achievements.

Re:Did they really think this through? (1)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467468)

A company with their own client, but also a rich ecosystem of clients [...that...] has become a strong platform

Are we talking about the same Twitter, a somewhat overhyped but essentially pretty basic and straightforward distribution service for short textual messages?

And while there may be a large number of Twitter clients out there, I'm not convinced that this constitutes a "rich ecosystem", which would imply interdependent software and services building upon Twitter to create something greater than the sum of its parts.

Twitter was where many companies work their butts off to be. [..] Apparently, some don't like that, and *willingly* deconstruct their achievements.

Most companies work their butts off to make money. Perhaps Twitter think they'll make more money that way.

As I said, a wide range of clients is not necessarily the same thing as a true ecosystem (which would be more dangerous to attack). While choice may be nice, I suspect that Twitter could afford to lose countless pointless "me too" reinventions of the wheel if they're particularly crappy, or they don't support Twitter the way that suits Twitter themselves.

Re:Did they really think this through? (1)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467572)

RTFAing reveals that 90% of regular Twitterers actually use the official applications. So while they'd lose the geek vote (worse than they already have), you're unfortunately almost completely wrong.

Re:Did they really think this through? (1)

emag (4640) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467956)

That's what Twitter themselves say. Looking at the clients listed in my tweet stream, I'd say it's closer to 10%...

Re:Did they really think this through? (1)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 3 years ago | (#35468476)

That may be sampling bias, though. I imagine that Twitter's just reading off statistics, and wouldn't do this if they thought it would be a significant hit to their business!

Re:Did they really think this through? (1)

ThinkingThinker (2015202) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467636)

This as certainly put a chill on Twitter for me.

TL;DR (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467308)

TL;DR

That isn't what they said. (5, Informative)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467314)

"If you are an existing developer of client apps, you can continue to serve
your user base, but we will be holding you to high standards to ensure you
do not violate users’ privacy, that you provide consistency in the user
experience, and that you rigorously adhere to all areas of our Terms of
Service. We have spoken with the major client applications in the Twitter
ecosystem about these needs on an ongoing basis, and will continue to ensure
a high bar is maintained. "
Sound like they are just setting some standards.

Re:That isn't what they said. (2)

John Whitley (6067) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467578)

While Twitter was both vague and threatening in this missive (really, wtf?), I'm also picking up a definite theme of them wanting to shut down client apps that are primarily used by spammers. I've noted a short list of apps/sites that generate follows that are virtually always spam -- to the point where I want to auto-block any follow that occurs via those apps.

Re:That isn't what they said. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467610)

Which is quite funny if you consider the state of development of the "official" Twitter app for Android - absolute atrocity until they re-designed the UI in a recent update - programs like TweetDeck and Plume shit all over it.

Re:That isn't what they said. (2)

byronblue (855499) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467798)

by "high bar" do they mean #dickbar?

Re:That isn't what they said. (1)

Nimey (114278) | more than 3 years ago | (#35468060)

But passing that on won't guarantee page hits from outraged nerds.

Not discarding, just tightening control (1)

Fez (468752) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467318)

FTA:

If you are an existing developer of client apps, you can continue to serve
your user base, but we will be holding you to high standards to ensure you
do not violate users’ privacy, that you provide consistency in the user
experience, and that you rigorously adhere to all areas of our Terms of
Service. We have spoken with the major client applications in the Twitter
ecosystem about these needs on an ongoing basis, and will continue to ensure
a high bar is maintained.

Seems to me that's saying that clients still exist, they're just being held to stricter standards. They'll only be discarding ones that don't follow their guidelines. Now I'm sure that means foisting all kinds of undesirable promotional crap on clients that can't be ignored, but it's not making clients obsolete.

Re:Not discarding, just tightening control (2)

alexandre_ganso (1227152) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467354)

No. That means that the ones who does not implement their revenue stream (aka dickbar) won't have candy.

Re:Not discarding, just tightening control (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35468442)

No. That means that the ones who does not implement their revenue stream (aka dickbar) won't have candy.

Wow... and I actually like the 'dickbar,' as you call it. I guess that makes me a cock-sucking homo.

Re:Not discarding, just tightening control (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467696)

Go read the actual guidelines, at http://dev.twitter.com/pages/api_terms. There's a lot to be concerned about. For example, they also forbid any clients that monitor or benchmark Twitter performance, and the software actual "security and interface guidelines" are not stated. Also, for example, they've reserved the right to block or refuse clients that support multiple broadcast technologies.

I have twated for the last time! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467348)

That does it. I'm officially announcing I will no longer use twitter.

Re:I have twated for the last time! (1)

palegray.net (1195047) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467590)

Where can I find that tweet?

So no poking around with Net::Twitter anymore? (1)

yalla (102708) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467370)

So anything except the official clients and some selected 3rd party clients will be banned?
Meh.

"Pack-your-junk"? (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467394)

Doesn't that comment belong in the TSA thread?

I wonder... (1)

atomicbutterfly (1979388) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467472)

I wonder how this affects the twitter client built into and available out-of-the-box within Ubuntu.

#Dickbar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467476)

The real issue here is that Twitter pushed the #dickbar onto an unsuspecting iOS world, and there was revolt, and mass emigration to third party clients.

Nooooes! Our users!

My botnets uses twitter! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467504)

You insensitive clods :(

status.net ftw (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467580)

All of the tools will likely still work with status.net , won't they?

Is this what happened to the Star Wars Emperor!? (1)

ThinkingThinker (2015202) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467586)

Last time we heard of the Star Wars Emperor, he was thrown into a giant pit int the death star. Evidently he lived through that and runs application development at Twitter. Everyone was recently complaining about the dickbar? How about the dickedapp? Since Tweetie sold out, the app completely and totally sucks. If Twitter thinks they are going to force me to use that steaming pile, I will just leave Twitter. Twitter, quit the Evil Empire crap. Run the service and stfu!

homer simpson eats a tasty donut (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467616)

film @ 11!

Trying not to step on Facebook's legal toes? (1)

game kid (805301) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467650)

Says Sarver:

For example, some developers display “comment”, “like”, or other terms with tweets instead of “follow, favorite, retweet, reply” - thus changing the core functions of a tweet.

So clearly one of their fears, perhaps for legal reasons, is getting their functions and widgets confused with, say, Facebook's. We all know how often YouTube and Facebook get mentioned in the same breath as Twitter (heed the great prophet Conan) but they are very much separate companies, and if there's even a chance they're stepping on Facebook's or any other's proprietaryGoodness(TM)* with software patents, DMCA, ACTA and such then I'm not sure twttr will want to take it. It also makes me wonder if Amazon.com asked Facebook before they made their own liker [techcrunch.com] .

It all reminds me of, among other things, part of the Games for Windows Technical Requirements [microsoft.com] , a piece of terminology:

Vibration
Gameplay feedback produced by the controller motor. Do not use rumble.

I definitely would not want to step on Nintendo's toes [wikipedia.org] like that.** Last thing I want Mario to do is wear a black suit and hand me a C&D.

*Forgive me; it's what living in a world with a group called "comScore" does to me.

**My username aside, maybe.

Odd (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467708)

What strikes me as weird about this is that Twitter's own official app for iPhone started out as a 3rd party-developed application.

Beginning of the end (2)

Karl Cocknozzle (514413) | more than 3 years ago | (#35467714)

Ah Twitter. Once seemed so promising, now in decline as they try to jam sponsored tweets (i.e. spam) in front of their users eyeballs.

Nighty night.

Re:Beginning of the end (2)

sbarber (98868) | more than 3 years ago | (#35468302)

Yes indeed. #jumpthesharkmoments

XSS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467950)

You mean the client UI's that weren't vulnerable to the Twitter XSS worm last year?

Someone has to reiterate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35467964)

Ah, Twitter and Facebook. May I introduce those of you who haven't heard, to the future: 4chan and Diaspora. Also, contribute to Freedombox.

I have nothing to share except this offtopic joke (2)

zill (1690130) | more than 3 years ago | (#35468016)

The announcement shows that they intend to switch from the 'bazaar' model of development to the 'cathedral,'

Software and cathedrals are much the same – first we build them, then we pray.

Scare Quotes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35468054)

Hm... why the use of scare quotes in the OP?

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