In support of what Raffi is saying, I think too many apps are "supports" for Twitter (some call it "filling holes"). I think the more beneficial, and long-term advantageous approach is instead to make Twitter a "support" for your application. I hope this isn't seen as spam, but I wrote about this last night in where I suggest we re-evaluate what our "cores" are based on: http://staynalive.com/articles/2010/04/10/what-is-your-core/
The Twitter app ecosystem is far from dead, is still thriving - we just need to re-evaluate where our cores are based. I think Twitter has drawn the line in the sand on what their core is. It's time we adjust ours so we're using Twitter as a complement, rather than the other way around. Just my $.02 - see you at Chirp! Jesse On Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 10:20 PM, Raffi Krikorian <ra...@twitter.com> wrote: > the way that i usually explain twitter.com (the web site) is that it > embodies one particular experience of "twitter". twitter.com needs to > implement almost every feature that twitter builds, and needs to implement > it in a way that is easy to use for the* lowest common denominator of user > *. this now also holds for the iphone. so, one possible answer for how > to innovate and do potentially interesting/lucrative/creative things is to > simply not target the lowest common denominator user anymore. find a > particular need, and not the generic need, and blow it out of the water. > > what i am most interested in seeing is apps that break out of the mold and > do things differently. ever since i joined the twitter platform, our team > has built APIs that directly mirror the twitter.com experience -- 3rd > party developers have taken those, and mimicked the twitter.comexperience. > for example, countless apps simply fetch timelines from the API > and just render them. can we start to do more creative things? > > i don't have any great potentials off the top of my head (its midnight > where i am now, and i flew in on a red-eye last night), but here are a few > potential ones. i'm sure more creative application developers can come up > with more. i want to see applications for people that: > > - don't have time to sit and watch twitter 24/7/365. while i love to > scan through my timeline, frankly, that's a lot of content. can you > summarize it for me? can you do something better than chronological sort? > - want to understand what's going on around them. how do i discover > people talking about the place i currently am? how do i know this > restaurant is good? this involves user discovery, place discovery, content > analysis, etc. > - want to see what people are talking about a particular tv show, news > article, or any piece of live-real-world content in real time. how can > twitter be a "second/third/fourth screen" to the world? > > perhaps the OS X music playback app market is a poor example? sure > itunes is a dominant app, but last.fm, spotify, etc., all exist and are > doing things that itunes can't do. > > On Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 7:26 PM, funkatron <funkat...@gmail.com> wrote: > >> Twitter did this to BB clients too, today. >> >> You think this is the last platform they'll do an Official Client on? >> >> Take a look at the OS X music playback app market to see the future of >> Twitter clients. >> >> Here's the shirt for the Chirp keynote: http://spaz.spreadshirt.com/ >> >> Have fun in SF next week, everybody! >> >> -- >> Ed Finkler >> http://funkatron.com >> @funkatron >> AIM: funka7ron / ICQ: 3922133 / >> XMPP:funkat...@gmail.com<xmpp%3afunkat...@gmail.com> >> >> >> >> On Apr 9, 10:18 pm, Dewald Pretorius <dpr...@gmail.com> wrote: >> > It's great for Loren. >> > >> > But, there's a problem, and I hope I'm not the only seeing it. >> > >> > Twitter has just kicked all the other developers of Twitter iPhone >> > (and iPad) clients in the teeth. Big time. Now suddenly their products >> > compete with a free product that carries the Twitter brand name, and >> > that has potentially millions of dollars at its disposal for further >> > development. >> > >> > It's really like they're saying, "We picked the winner. Thanks for >> > everything you've done in the past, but now, screw you." >> > >> > This would not have been such a huge deal if the developer ecosystem >> > did not play such a huge role in propelling Twitter to where it is >> > today. >> > >> > Please correct me if I'm wrong. >> > >> > On Apr 9, 10:41 pm, Tim Haines <tmhai...@gmail.com> wrote: >> > >> > >> > >> > > Before anyone rants, let me say congratulations Loren, and >> congratulations >> > > Twitter. Awesome! Totally awesome! >> > >> > > :-) >> > >> > > Tim. >> > > > > -- > Raffi Krikorian > Twitter Platform Team > http://twitter.com/raffi > -- To unsubscribe, reply using "remove me" as the subject.