On Apr 10, 2010, at 5:23, Dewald Pretorius <dpr...@gmail.com> wrote:

Twitter has now displayed a distinctive predatorial stance towards the
developer ecosystem.

Whoa now.

If by "predatorial" you mean "makes strategic acquisitions in line with their business goals" then sure. See also: Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Cisco, and countless others who are equally "preditorial." Their ecosystems just happen to be broader at this point.

Welcome to Capitalism and Corporate America.

All that has happened is the bar for competition/innovation has been significantly raised. Sure it will weed-out lesser developers, but it will be a net positive for the end users (according to theory).


The ecosystem is encouraged to innovate, to expend time, effort, and
money to come up with new ideas and build services. When that
particular space proves to be successful and potentially rewarding,
the predator pounces and screws everyone but the one picked as the

In the long term, the acquisition of Tweetie was a penny-wise pound-
foolish move, and here's why:

1) From now on, everyone will know, or at least wonder, whether
encouragement and support for the ecosystem is genuine, or simply a
facade to cultivate the next space that Twitter can plunder.

2) Innovation is stifled, because to many it now is not worth their
effort, time, and money to develop services that stand a very good
chance of receiving a similar kick in the teeth.

3) In one single day, in one fell swoop, many developers have been
turned away from Twitter. Few people have the level of imagination
required to build new mouse traps, and fewer have the resources to
build sophisticated new mouse traps. You will never hear from these
developers who have been turned away. You will never know who they are
and how many there were. They've just disappeared in the mist.

You don't do this. You don't ride to success on the coattails and
efforts of others and then turn around and plunder them. It is wrong.

Twitter is not the first to do this, but it still does not make it

PS. Sorry for the duplicate. I initially posted this to the incorrect

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