Chad,

That's what I meant by predatorial.

All the past rethoric around how appreciative Twitter was of the
developer ecosystem, and how they valued the developer ecosystem, has
taken on a brand-new tone and color today.

On Apr 10, 1:02 pm, Chad Etzel <jazzyc...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 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).
>
> -Chad
>
>
>
>
>
> > 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
> > winner.
>
> > 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
> > right.
>
> > PS. Sorry for the duplicate. I initially posted this to the incorrect
> > thread.
>
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