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:

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!


On Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 10:20 PM, Raffi Krikorian <> wrote:

> the way that i usually explain (the web site) is that it
> embodies one particular experience of "twitter". 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 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, spotify, etc., all exist and are
> doing things that itunes can't do.
> On Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 7:26 PM, funkatron <> 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:
>> Have fun in SF next week, everybody!
>> --
>> Ed Finkler
>> @funkatron
>> AIM: funka7ron / ICQ: 3922133 / 
>> On Apr 9, 10:18 pm, Dewald Pretorius <> 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 <> wrote:
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > > Before anyone rants, let me say congratulations Loren, and
>> congratulations
>> > > Twitter.  Awesome!  Totally awesome!
>> >
>> > > :-)
>> >
>> > > Tim.
> --
> Raffi Krikorian
> Twitter Platform Team

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