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Twitter say that what's good for the goose is good for the gander -- so to speak.

Twitter made waves when it snatched up Tweetie, a small company that makes Twitter-based apps for the Apple iPhone and Mac computers.  Along with its own proprietary app for the Blackberry and its search engine, acquired in 2008 from Summize, that gives Twitter a lot of first-party tools.

That has developers of third party apps afraid that Twitter is trying to consolidate its services and cut them out.

Not so says Twitter Platform Team boss Ryan Sarver.  He writes, "We will continue to focus on what is best for users and we will work together to make sure that we are creating more opportunities for the ecosystem on the whole. We will also admit our mistakes when they are made and the Blackberry client should never have been labeled 'official'. It has since been changed and you won't see that language used with Twitter clients in the future."

He says that the acquisition will help Twitter gain steam in general, which will be good for all Twitter app makers.  Tweetie, which was formerly offered for $2.99, will be dropped to the hot price of free.

Sarver did not rule out speculation that Twitter would look to acquire a URL shortener (like and photo uploader (like Twitpic) to complete a comprehensive portfolio of offerings.  Analysts say that the third party Twitter firms arose out of a lack in the base platform, and by bringing their features and apps inside the company, Twitter can take tighter control of its offerings and make more profit.

In other words, there's both good and bad to the recent Tweetie grab, and it's sure to be a lively topic of debate on the Twittersphere.

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Twitter is...
By MrBlastman on 4/12/2010 4:05:46 PM , Rating: 5
A waste of time. Who gives a darn what people are doing every minute of their lives? I don't.

RE: Twitter is...
By smackababy on 4/12/2010 4:19:40 PM , Rating: 2
I just read this post and agreed with it.

Oh wait, I am not on Twitter.

RE: Twitter is...
By geddarkstorm on 4/12/2010 4:36:45 PM , Rating: 5
Status: Currently reading MrBlastman's post and replying to it.

RE: Twitter is...
By Smilin on 4/12/2010 5:07:58 PM , Rating: 3
Generally it's for narcissists I think.

However I forgive the whole useless lot of them and their bag-of-shmmit ADHD inducing product because they have one gem that has enriched my life...

RE: Twitter is...
By userengel on 4/12/2010 5:10:53 PM , Rating: 2
Hate on it as much as you want, but these social networks are here to stay.

RE: Twitter is...
By ClownPuncher on 4/12/2010 5:27:50 PM , Rating: 5
Same can be said about poverty, racism, and American Idol. That doesn't mean they help further our society.

RE: Twitter is...
By ksherman on 4/12/2010 5:10:49 PM , Rating: 2
Except Twitter has FAR greater uses than the meanderings of individuals.

I like Twitter a lot, I follow blogs, news organizations (even the White House/Press Sec), companies I care about, authors I'm interested in, etc. Heck, the story about riots in Iran was broken on Twitter when everyone else was locked out.

I stop following people that tweet about their feats on XBOX or their escapades in the bathroom. That is useless.

But, to each his/her own. As a journalist, I see Twitter as something more important than many give it credit.

RE: Twitter is...
By xdrol on 4/12/2010 5:51:30 PM , Rating: 2
Except Twitter has FAR greater uses than the meanderings of individuals.

That is what RSS and Atom was invented for years before Twitter.

RE: Twitter is...
By ksherman on 4/12/2010 7:13:55 PM , Rating: 2
Except that Twitter is only 140 characters, which is about the attention span of a lot of people now.

RE: Twitter is...
By OUits on 4/12/2010 5:17:07 PM , Rating: 2
I was in your camp for a long time until I actually joined Twitter.

You don't have to follow every person in the world, not even every person you know.

I have found that it's good for things like knowing when your favorite news site has been updated. I follow TechCrunch and The Onion (not news exactly but you get my drift). I like to watch baseball games while seeing tweets containing insight from my favorite baseball writers about the game I'm watching in real-time. I like to follow comedians for witty one-liners and a laugh here and then.

When my favorite NBA team was about to reach a deal/trade with another team or player, Twitter was the best source for all the aggregated up-to-the-minute status of those deals.

Just saying, it's not a waste of time.

RE: Twitter is...
By MadMan007 on 4/12/2010 9:05:42 PM , Rating: 1
So checking one website to see if another website has been updated rather than just going to the website you're actually interested in isn't a waste of time?

RE: Twitter is...
By OUits on 4/13/2010 1:06:15 AM , Rating: 2
Do me a favor and read past the 4th sentence of my OP.

RE: Twitter is...
By jRaskell on 4/13/2010 7:26:50 AM , Rating: 3
Sorry, your 4th line exceeds the 140 character limit, and thus his attention span. Be more concise next time and maybe you'll have better luck.

RE: Twitter is...
By xti on 4/13/2010 7:51:12 AM , Rating: 2
people on the internet dont like something mainstream? blasphemy!

Only in America
By AliShawkat on 4/13/2010 9:04:00 AM , Rating: 2
Would this type of site survive

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