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New Twitter Policies Put the Kibosh On Mashup Services

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the controlling-the-world dept.

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dburr writes "If This Then That (IFTTT) is a web mashup service that lets you connect together multiple services in unique and powerful ways. For example, you can automatically bookmark Favorited tweets using a social bookmarking service such as Delicious. Or even notify you by SMS when your server goes down. Unfortunately, Twitter has just announced policy changes that will in effect neuter it. Starting next Thursday, August 27, IFTTT will be disabling all Twitter "triggers" (the real power of IFTTT and its defining feature). (You will still be able to post Tweets through IFTTT) This has upset many long time Twitter users and members of the technorati. I have created a petition in a valiant (and perhaps vain) attempt to express our displeasure at their decision."

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Oh, an online petition? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41423939)

That's sure to stop them.

I'm not sure what Twitter thinks it is doing, but what it is doing is alienating a wide variety of people. They've stopped development on the Mac desktop client, destroy the iPad client, neutered third-party clients, prohibitted several forms of useful integration, and the list goes on.

Re:Oh, an online petition? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41424145)

Yeah, I'm trying to think of any time I've ever heard of an online petition working, for anything.

I'm sure there's an example out there somewhere (it's a big world), but I've watched thousands do absolutely nothing. Petitions worked in the old days because it meant a real person had heard the news and cared enough to sign. Online ones just aren't the same.

Re:Oh, an online petition? (2, Insightful)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 2 years ago | (#41424367)

I was gonna say that as well, hell the POTUS just gives a flowery "LOL fuck you peasant" to any petition that doesn't follow the corporate line. I mean if online petitions to our own government, you know the people that are SUPPOSED to listen to us, are so worthless they actually created a "please stop ignoring us" petition then WTF does anybody think some techno-corp like twitter is gonna care?

Vote with your feet and walk away, that is pretty much the only things the corps notice anymore, dwindling marketshare. At least THAT we do have evidence that it works, see EA being up for sale and Ubisoft getting rid of its always online "You filthy pirate! How dare you buy our products!" worthless DRM. Corps notice when the money dries up and their marketshare takes a giant nosedive, anything else? I'm shocked they just don't tweet a picture of Goatse to the petitioners for all they'll care.

Re:Oh, an online petition? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41426567)

Politics and DRM? Why not throw in AGW to complete the trolling trifecta

Re:Oh, an online petition? (4, Insightful)

pla (258480) | more than 2 years ago | (#41425003)

Petitions worked in the old days because it meant a real person had heard the news and cared enough to sign.

Petitions have never worked, not even in the "old days".

Much like boycotts, they depend on getting a significant fraction of a company's customer base to participate. And put bluntly, on any scale larger than your friendly neighborhood greengrocer, you just won't get enough people to participate.

So it really comes down to a simple business decision - Twitter decided to alienate some portions of its user base for a reason. They already know it will piss some people off, and they have already decided they can accept that.

Re:Oh, an online petition? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41424225)

Good. Mashups are just like social networks. A useless bullshit trendy fad that can't fuck off and die soon enough.

Three cheers for Twitter! Even though theyre in the same category its the thought that counts!

Re:Oh, an online petition? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41424409)

You sound like you need your blankie and a warm cup of milk.

Re:Oh, an online petition? (4, Interesting)

Nemyst (1383049) | more than 2 years ago | (#41424835)

The petition itself won't stop them (though who knows, it got Dark Souls on PC after all...), but it's symptomatic of something much bigger.

If Twitter doesn't want to become the next Digg, they should listen to their audience more.

Re:Oh, an online petition? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41426429)

That's sure to stop them.

Just pull the plug on TWITTER completely the web would be a far better place without it . it is full of duplicated junk shoved from one place to another and a waste of bandwidth
 

Re:Oh, an online petition? (4, Interesting)

mrmeval (662166) | more than 2 years ago | (#41426921)

I never got the point of twitter. I have an account and followed the people I know from various blogs and ended up whittling away the morons who'd post inane content. It's like they swallowed stupid pills. It seemed that a high percentage of the bloggers who are erudite and have great content on their blog would allow garbage on twitter. I quit logging in, I'm about to fart loop the email address on the account by changing it to their autoresponding yet otherwise worthless customer service email address.

A Petition?!! That'll Show The Bastards! (2)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 2 years ago | (#41427493)

Yes, yes, it's easy to mock online petitions and their traditional worthlessness, but THIS petition has been written by a member of the "technorati," so maybe it has a chance.

God Speed, Brave Technoratus! Make Us Proud!!

Re:Oh, an online petition? (1)

gmyuriy (1441755) | about 2 years ago | (#41438825)

I rolled up my twitter project and left half a year ago, if you are a twitter developer, I suggest you do the same...

A fucking online petition... (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41423941)

A fucking online petition is not valiant

Re:A fucking online petition... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41424077)

A fucking online petition is not valiant

No, but he got the "vain" part right. Good luck getting anything more than attention out of that.

Re:A fucking online petition... (3, Insightful)

msauve (701917) | more than 2 years ago | (#41424217)

I'd like to know exactly why Twitter is a necessary component for notifying "you by SMS when your server goes down," which is the only useful example given. (Really, "bookmarking favorited [sic] tweets?" Someone wants to revisit them again and again? They must suffer from short term memory loss.) If your life depends on Twitter, you don't have one.

Re:A fucking online petition... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41424481)

If your life depends on (Twitter | Facebook | Government Money | Sports), you don't have one.

FTFY.

Depending on government money (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#41425265)

If your life depends on Twitter, you don't have one.

If your life depends on Facebook, Government Money, or Sports, you don't have one either.

In the industrialized world, whose life doesn't depend on infrastructure paid for with taxpayer money?

Re:A fucking online petition... (0)

DotNM (737979) | more than 2 years ago | (#41427217)

If your life depends on (Twitter | Facebook | Government Money | Sports), you don't have one.

FTFY.

We have public health care in Canada, paid for through government money (although it originally comes from taxpayers)

Re:A fucking online petition... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41424679)

A fucking online petition is not valiant

It is if you are doing it from your mom's basement [penny-arcade.com]

Re:A fucking online petition... (1)

Shambhu (198415) | more than 2 years ago | (#41427195)

Classic PA comic. The only time a webcomic has caused me to change my behavior (AFAIK).

Re:A fucking online petition... (2)

Bieeanda (961632) | more than 2 years ago | (#41424987)

It is if you're Don Quixote of La Mancha!

Re:A fucking online petition... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41430441)

But if you make a fucking online petition and call it "valiant", that's definitely vain!

How many lattes? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41423953)

How many lattes does one have to drink to become a member of the technorati?

Re:How many lattes? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41424015)

In my day, the techno-rati [youtube.com] had an entirely different role of getting drugged up, sitting around in cafes/parks and listening to mind numbing music while thinking they were doing things which would change the worl... oh wait.

Re:How many lattes? (2)

icebike (68054) | more than 2 years ago | (#41424089)

Actually I'm pretty sure that " long time Twitter users and members of the technorati" are mutually exclusive classes.

Twitter replacement? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41423967)

Long past time for someone to come up with a Twitter replacement.

Re:Twitter replacement? (1)

Static (1229) | more than 2 years ago | (#41424179)

Have a look at app.net, then. It's aiming to be what Twitter could have been.

Re:Twitter replacement? (1)

icebike (68054) | more than 2 years ago | (#41424251)

App.net runs afoul of my "first in place" theory of incrimentally improved replacemts for existing entrenched internet services.

No matter how bad Twitter, Facebook, or [insert object of your rath] are, they will remain in place until some new facility arrives with a fundamentally different and novel approach.

We are stuck with twitter for the next ten years. It may evolve, and lose the 140 byte limit, but the idea of announcing, to the world at large, that you are having tacos for lunch somehow appeals to a lot of self absorbed people, and won't be displaced by a similar service.

Re:Twitter replacement? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41424191)

And I hope the replacement doesn't have that stupid 140 characters limit! Let's make it 256 characters!

Re:Twitter replacement? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41424327)

Said before and will say again: Twitter should be an RFC, not a company.

Re:Twitter replacement? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41424789)

Here's a comment: fuck twitter.

Just use an rss feed.

Re:Twitter replacement? (1)

dmbasso (1052166) | more than 2 years ago | (#41425309)

And I will start saying: we need a Twitter and Facebook/G+/Orkut/whatever replacement that is distributed, anonymized and cryptographed. The best project so far (to my knowledge) is Secure Share [secushare.org] , but it is far away from reaching its goals. If I had more time I would definitely try to help them, or do something along the same lines. One thing that could be a huge head start would be to use the gnutella network as transport, implementing new GGEP extensions. They (secushare) use gnunet as transport, but I think it would be nice to have both available.
If anybody knows of another truly decentralized social media project (not Diaspora's case) please let me know.

Re:Twitter replacement? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41424663)

Long past time for someone to come up with a Twitter replacement.

How about "no Twitter"?

Re:Twitter replacement? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41428521)

Long past time for someone to come up with a Twitter replacement.

Let's call it Shitter....

Date is wrong (4, Informative)

failedlogic (627314) | more than 2 years ago | (#41424009)

Date is wrong or this story is a month late. TFA says "Starting next Thurs, Sept 27, 2012". Also August 27, 2012 was a Monday.

Re:Date is wrong (1)

stephanruby (542433) | more than 2 years ago | (#41424637)

That's not his fault. He never got the notification.

Re:Date is wrong (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 2 years ago | (#41424807)

Naw, it was just his IFTTT rule.

IF twitter changes the TOS THEN wait a month before complaining.

Nothing of value lost (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41424031)

technorati ? more like just a bunch of twats whining about their inane life that nobody cares about

How many clues do people need? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41424033)

And yet another case in which a proprietary, fully centralized non-open service bites its users (well, at least some of them) in the ass. How many clues do people need before they understand that decentralized services using open standards at least allow you, the user, the option to switch provider when the current one messes up? (Or even host it yourself)

Re:How many clues do people need? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41424093)

RSS has been around since forever, and Usenet (oh, Usenet!) since forever and a day.

Twitter has served and never will serve any useful purpose. It's just an entertainment tool, like Facebook. And no-one really cares about whether entertainment is "decentralized" or using "open standards" as long as they don't have to think.

Re:How many clues do people need? (2, Insightful)

causality (777677) | more than 2 years ago | (#41424379)

Twitter has served and never will serve any useful purpose.

Some people use it to obtain news, and it has delivered earthquake warnings ahead of other systems. I would say Twitter does not hold a monopoly on this kind of communication. It was available prior to Twitter and will be there after Twitter is long forgotten. Twitter is a marketing phenomenon. It gives the externally-directed types (sheeple, the majority, people who vote for the candidate with the biggest ad budget, whatever you like to call them) something to rally around. That there are so many other like-minded users convinces them to stay.

The minority who don't jump on bandwagons might or might not use it, but trying to rally them around a brand name as a group is like herding cats.

Having said that, I have never once used Twitter or visited their site. For me personally, it has no appeal. I can easily see how a corporation wants to be a major "go to" place and hoard user-submitted data (which they now own) that cannot easily be transferred to any similar site in a standardized way, but I don't see why I should join them.

And no-one really cares about whether entertainment is "decentralized" or using "open standards"

No, they don't care. That's why when they are exploited or mistreated by the centralized basket they've put all their eggs into, I have no sympathy for them. They put no serious effort into the matter; that they got anything of value (to them) out of it at all means they have still come out ahead. There is no valid basis for complaint because there is no victim here.

as long as they don't have to think

Thinking: the one case where a great privilege is commonly viewed as some kind of terrible burden.

Sure, entertainment is nice, but escapism is an abuse of it, the same way one might abuse a drug instead of merely using it. In both cases the result of repeated abuse is the same: a weaker, more petty person who is less and less able to deal with life. Not to mention that bread and circus is an ancient tactic which has been in use for so long because it is effective. Placate the masses with some transient, empty thing and they will love you for it. It has always been that way. That this no longer involves live gladiators hacking each other to death with swords and axes is progress, I suppose.

Re:How many clues do people need? (1)

makomk (752139) | more than 2 years ago | (#41428545)

Some people use it to obtain news, and it has delivered earthquake warnings ahead of other systems.

Of course, it's now against the rules to use the Twitter API to detect tweets about earthquakes and notify you about them. You can data-mine Twitter after the fact in order to create nice news stories about how Twitter was the first to know about the earthquake (so long as you pay them lots of dosh), you just can't do anything useful with that at the time.

Um, some problems. (4, Insightful)

thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) | more than 2 years ago | (#41424037)

1) Why is this front page? This is the result of the API and policy changes that twitter announced what, a month ago? two months?
2) Yeah. An online petition. That'll learn 'em.

Re:Um, some problems. (4, Funny)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | more than 2 years ago | (#41424051)

2) Yeah. An online petition. That'll learn 'em.

Didn't you hear? It's valiant.

Re:Um, some problems. (2)

pnot (96038) | more than 2 years ago | (#41424097)

2) Yeah. An online petition. That'll learn 'em.

Didn't you hear? It's valiant.

I assumed they meant that Prince Valiant [blogspot.com] was organizing the petition.

Sorry, if he's not involved then I'm not interested.

Re:Um, some problems. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41424135)

It's not even a result of violating the API changes; it's a result of the redistribution of the Twitter data, which has been technically verboten all along, but is only getting cracked down on now (along with everything else.)

Re:Um, some problems. (1)

causality (777677) | more than 2 years ago | (#41424513)

It's not even a result of violating the API changes; it's a result of the redistribution of the Twitter data, which has been technically verboten all along, but is only getting cracked down on now (along with everything else.)

Yeah that's how it generally works. You let it go on for a while... then it builds momentum... then it goes on more and more .. then suddenly you decide to "crack down" on it now that lots of people have become used to it.

It's like the way government deals with tragedies. Years earlier, someone may have tried to tell them "you know, this procedure is unsafe, if it does go wrong someone could really get hurt ... " and the answer is along the lines of "yeah yeah yeah, don't call us, we'll call you mmmkay?" Then one day it finally happens and someone gets hurt, maimed, or killed. Then the same government goes nuts, saying "HOLY SHIT! Somebody got hurt?!?! WE MUST DO SOMETHING!"

I guess prevention just isn't as sexy as overreaction?

Re:Um, some problems. (1)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 2 years ago | (#41424541)

I guess prevention just isn't as sexy as overreaction?

And you might prevent the wrong things.

Re:Um, some problems. (1)

causality (777677) | about 2 years ago | (#41448769)

I guess prevention just isn't as sexy as overreaction?

And you might prevent the wrong things.

Likewise, the one tragedy that DOES unfortunately hurt/maim/kill someone could have been a one-time event.

So clearly, we should never do anything about anything. Right?

Re:Um, some problems. (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about 2 years ago | (#41450921)

So clearly, we should never do anything about anything. Right?

You could do worse.

Re:Um, some problems. (1)

makomk (752139) | more than 2 years ago | (#41428573)

Actually, I don't think it used to be against the rules to (say) use the Twitter APIs to automatically create a summary of your own tweets each day and post them to your blog, or dispay them in a live sidebar, or anything else you'd like. It was only the recent API rules change that forbade all that. According to the current rules, the only way you're allowed to export your own tweets from Twitter is manually to a file on your own computer. Any other method of exporting, including automating the download-new-file process, is now verboten.

Re:Um, some problems. (2)

ClintJCL (264898) | more than 2 years ago | (#41431209)

Twitter's own facebook app "redistributes" your tweets by posting them to facebook, which is the exact same thing. Only it adds extra blank vertical screen-real-estate-wasting space that ifttt's version doesn't.

Re:Um, some problems. (2)

superdana (1211758) | more than 2 years ago | (#41425589)

1) Why is this front page? This is the result of the API and policy changes that twitter announced what, a month ago? two months?

Not even that, no. IFTTT has been in violation of Twitter's TOS since before any of the big changes were announced [techcrunch.com] .

Frogskins (1, Redundant)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 2 years ago | (#41424065)

I'm sure that, for the proper amount of cash, Twitter will do your bidding.
Free services are swell, but whining when you're getting what you pay for seems specious.

I guess their users are quite angry (1)

Hentes (2461350) | more than 2 years ago | (#41424075)

All 5 of them have signed the petition (assuming it wasn't signed by the owners/developers).

Re:I guess their users are quite angry (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41425667)

All 5 of them have signed the petition (assuming it wasn't signed by the owners/developers).

It's gone viral- 24 have signed. I'm starting a petition to have Mitt make more hidden camera videos, they're funny.

Dear "technorati" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41424095)

Go away, please.

all twitter clients should just start scraping. (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 2 years ago | (#41424123)

yes, that's right. they should just do pseudo browsers.

anyhow, twitter is just fucking itself with all this. you'd think myfiasco would have taught them something.

Re:all twitter clients should just start scraping. (1)

causality (777677) | more than 2 years ago | (#41424393)

yes, that's right. they should just do pseudo browsers.

anyhow, twitter is just fucking itself with all this. you'd think myfiasco would have taught them something.

If people ever observe the history of how similar ideas played out, prior to trying such an idea, they are careful to hide all evidence of it.

Hrm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41424253)

Will this mashup change stop me being spammed by Favstar or w/e the fuck its called? If so then GOOD.

Re:Hrm (1)

allo (1728082) | more than 2 years ago | (#41428747)

i would bet, twitter starts premium access for services, which can pay for it. And favstar will.

Crazy (1)

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) | more than 2 years ago | (#41424265)

Users thing up new ways to make Twitter useful and Twitter management keep coming up with new bans. Twitter needs to recognise that their users will do far better at building their business then some tyrannical beancounter at corporate HQ will. If Twitter don't get the message, they will end up driving users to other platforms and Twitter will end up another Myspace.

Homework for the reader: Rewrite that in 140 characters.

Re:Crazy (4, Insightful)

jonwil (467024) | more than 2 years ago | (#41425471)

I suspect one of the biggest reasons why Twitter keeps changing their rules/policies/etc to block these "new ways to make Twitter useful" is because all these alternative ways to consume tweets dont put their "promoted tweets" and other forms of revenue raising front-and-center like the official approved methods do.

"powerful ways"?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41424361)

Like this maybe?
http://www.gocomics.com/getfuzzy/2002/03/12

A brief, but popular opinion (3, Insightful)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 2 years ago | (#41424453)

It's an internet cliche, but still applicable:

And Nothing Of Value Was Lost

Re:A brief, but popular opinion (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | more than 2 years ago | (#41426923)

Twitter is committing slow suicide. If you don't see that, then you don't see very far.

No insult intended; just an observation.

Valiant? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41424523)

Valiant?

This is what happens when you use closed solutions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41424791)

First time shame on you, second time... can't be fooled again!

technorati? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41424985)

I'm not familiar with http://technorati.com/
Why will it's members be upset?
Or is there some web 2.0 BS meaning to this word that I'm not getting?

Valiant online petition? (4, Insightful)

flimflammer (956759) | more than 2 years ago | (#41425043)

Want to really send a message to Twitter against this policy? Stop using Twitter.

Re:Valiant online petition? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41426225)

perhaps a day of silence on Twitter should be organised - against the API changes that is.

I quit (2)

kenorland (2691677) | more than 2 years ago | (#41425407)

I was using Twitter pretty actively for a few years. It never was a great service, but it was simple, widely used, and had a lot of useful add-ons. But function after function has disappeared, making Twitter pretty much useless for me. So I quit.

Re:I quit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41428171)

Well, you can always join StatusNet:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StatusNet

Re:I quit (1)

TwinkieStix (571736) | more than 2 years ago | (#41430515)

Why was this modded down? Is it trolling to suggest an alternative? Twitter has become a simple human-redable platform for applications - perhaps the most important reason for its success. Now, because it's a closed, for-profit enterprise, the power it has is leading it to exert control over the open market it originally harnessed gain popularity because it needs to push advertising to anybody who would like to use the platform. I believe that it is critical for a communication platform to be at least interoperable with competitors, and at best completely open. Status.net offers similar functionality to Twitter but is completely open source and interoperable with competing services and third-party clients.

mashups not the problem (2)

petsounds (593538) | more than 2 years ago | (#41425709)

I really have no problem with this. Mashup services just ride on the back of the people who do the hard work. Besides, these kinds of services are mostly used by geek and geek press. All the Silicon Valley rags will wag their tongues for a bit and go back to their lattes.

What I do have a problem with is the general move towards Twitter circling its wagons, and signalling that all unofficial Twitter clients will eventually be cut off. This is just a dumb move. Clients like Tweetbot will always offer more innovation because the guys at Twitter have not shown they care about their product or have the ability to really innovate. They're finally trying to figure out how to make money from Twitter, but so far it's just fumbling around. They'd be better off at least taking a cut of the profits from all 3rd-party Twitter services/clients that charge money.

I am okay with this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41425723)

Call me a Mennonite, bit I find the constant push to link every fucking thing with every other fucking thing to be disconcerting, and I am predisposed to glady accept any resistance to the trend to turn everything on the web into Facebook. You Tube wants our real names now. It's never going to end. Am I being irrational? I don't know. The repercussions of every step toward less anonymity and more interconnectivity are impossible to gauge, but for the companies and their business model, the more of our information they can make flow, the better. To see somebody, for whatever reason, make the other choice is kind of represhing. Convenience is nice, but am I really seeing people all up in arms about having to create their own bookmarks? Am I missing something here?

Bah (1)

sociocapitalist (2471722) | more than 2 years ago | (#41427057)

Forget the petition - start a 'new twitter (twatter?) service that doesn't block useful features -

Re:Bah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41428145)

Such services already exist, based on StatusNet:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StatusNet

Most popular, Identi.ca, has thousands of active users (and the level of discourse there is often much higher than on Twitter; I know, I use both). StatusNet server instances talk to each other pretty much like XMPP/Jabber, it's a decentralised service (so I can seamlessly talk and engage with my friends on status.telecomix.org and elsewhere). Moreover, StatusNet has "groups" (something like hashtags, that you subscribe to), extremely useful feature.

I am planning on killing my Twitter account soon, too. Come and join us. We have cookies. ;)

Get a friggin' life dude (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41430547)

Seriously, 90 people signed your petition and it has been on /.

Twitter is plucking itself (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41430667)

One feather after another, it's plucking off the the open, interconnected, mashable features that made it popular.
When it's finished doing this, it may be in a great place to knock revenues out of all ten remaining users.

Use identi.ca (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41434711)

If the purpose is to receive or send messages for personal use, then someone can use another microblogging service, like identi.ca.
Wouldn't that work?

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