Thursday, 14 April 2011

Is Twitter becoming too monopolistic?

Interesting news about UberMedia, which is a massive player in the Twitter ecosystem, perhaps looking to create a Twitter alternative.

Leading app maker said to be planning Twitter competitor - "(CNN) -- UberMedia, which owns several popular applications that interface with Twitter, is outlining plans to build a social network that could compete with that popular microblogging platform, said three people who were briefed on the plans.

"The service would seek to attract users by addressing common complaints about Twitter, such as its restriction on the length of a message and how it can be confusing to newcomers, according to these sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly about the plans."

Twitter needs to really step back and take something of a a rethink. We, as everyone who develops apps using the Twitter API have been keep away a bit lately over the fact that one company owns the churn of Internet information right now. On almost every other front their is always an alternative. Google Maps faces against Bing and Social Maps, Foursquare has its Gowalla but Twitter stands alone without a real commitment to its ecosystem.

We would welcome another social network, especially one that supported interoperability and links with twitter. But we would more welcome Twitter following facebooks recent "Developer Love" campaign, and make the Twitter development ecosystem feel a bit more confident that the plug will not be pulled.

In short, Twitter has really brought this on itself sadly.

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