Twitter Kicks More 3rd Party Sites To The Curb

Photosharing on Twitter has historically been left up to sites like Yfrog and Twitpic, and according to news posted very late last night on TechCruch, 3rd party photosharing is about to become a thing of the past.

Twitter has been spending money left and right, and it seems that every time we turn around, they’re doing something to demolish what people have been used to. Their reasoning, they claim, is that they’re working to “avoid having the user stream disrupted”. Personally, I think it’s because they would rather make the money from advertising themselves, and not allow others to gain financially from the use of their API. They’ve got to pay back their investors somehow… right?

So rather than hire the brains behind the great ideas, they’re going to once again render them useless. They’re playing a much meaner game than Monopoly here, simply because they can. They’ve got the big bucks, as proven by their recent spend of $40M on TweetDeck.

I’m not a fan of web companies forgetting where they came from. I was actually okay with the purchase of TweetDeck, because it meant that the TD devs were recognized for their hard work in some way that actually satisfied them. I’m also aware that they can’t simply go around buying up existing companies, and that for all we know, they did try to buy up Twitpic and were refused. I’m sure we’ll find these things out sooner or later, but for the time being, I think it’s just pretty crappy to take over others’ ideas and make them your own because you’re afraid they’re making money you should be making.

Am I being unreasonable? I’m all for businesses growing, making more money, etc. but I’ve got issue with stepping on the hands of those that have fed you for years.

Comments

  • May 31, 2011

    You’re absolutely right. They seem to be having a power trip. They are Mr. Burns, and Tiwtter users are their Springfieldians. I wrote a blog post some time back, as did many others, detailing how Twitter could acquire or work with 3rd party devs in a way that would benefit everyone. It’s a shame to see that they just want to dominate and don’t care about playing nice.

  • May 31, 2011

    Twitter encouraged third parties to create the ecosystem that drove explosive growth when they provided just a bare bones system that was a pain to use. Now they’ve turned on them, actively working against the programmers who brought them a large chunk of the user base they have today. It’s disgraceful, and I’m sure a lot of developers will rightfully be angry against Twitter for this complete u-turn in policy.

  • May 31, 2011

    Honestly, I think you’re dead on with this post and your feelings echo mine quite a bit. Other people have told me “this is just how things are,” but personally, I think this is a really crappy thing for Twitter to do.

    They built out an API and had many, many third-party developers help them grow into what they are today–and now they’re sending a big “eff you” to those developers by stealing their ideas. It’s not cool.

  • May 31, 2011

    Actually, I think the opposite is what is happening. Twitter is pulling back the hand that was feeding sites like TwitPic and Yfrog. Those sites likely wouldn’t exist without Twitter to begin with, not the other way around. It’s also not like either of those systems are really that difficult to implement on your own (unlike TweetDeck).

  • May 31, 2011

    Twitter’s ivory tower decision making method has toppled many a large company. While Facebook continuously tries things and asks users for feedback, Twitter simply makes declarations of how things will be. If they were Microsoft, that might wash. But they’re in the social media space, and if they don’t change their ways, they will be dead. In the very least they’ve already become a broadcast method versus an interaction method, replaced by the Facebook News Feed. We watch the celebrity and news Tweets, and go to Facebook to converse.

  • June 1, 2011

    This is really disturbing.. many great apps have now been banned

  • June 1, 2011

    I totally agree with this post. Twitter needs to remember where they came from and stop acting like they are Microsoft. I love twitter but I would hate to see them ruin it because of greed. :(

  • June 1, 2011

    It is a dumb thing to do. I believe they should make the services an offer for a share. It is looking like they want to be the only one making money of twitter. They had a lousy business plan, with no way to really make any revenue. But they did release the API.

  • June 1, 2011

    I just don’t get twitter, why have an API if you don’t want anyone to make money.

  • June 4, 2011

    I think It is just good business strategy. You don’t need to spend money so much in research and development for a new thing that might not working. Buying something that already been used by people all over the world will help them cut cost in the long run.

  • June 9, 2011

    Twitter are on fire at the moment buying up tools left, right and center. Whilst it’s great for users it’s actually a negative for the other producers making these tools who don’t get purchased. If everyone uses a Twitter tool it could mean the end of all the other services.

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