@Twitter’s Crap Sandwich

Marco Arment: “Oh, and one more thing: formerly-xAuth apps that need DM access have only 12 days to build this completely new login interface, test it, and release a new version — and, for iOS and Mac App Store apps, get it approved — before their existing apps start being denied access to DMs and probably display confusing and incorrect error messages, since the developers could never have foreseen this condition.”

And the topper to this crap sandwich is Twitter doesn’t have to implement this for their clients, just third parties.

I feel really bad for people, like Iconfactory, that got Lodsys’d and this news, all in the same week.


You gotta love Wil Shipley

I’m sorry, I just had to post this. Wil is very well known in the Mac Development world, and a real stud coder. Anywho, he’s gone off on the knuckleheads at Lodsys. Via Twitter. Enjoy, I know I did.

Wil Shipley goes off on Lodsys


Twitter’s Data Center Nightmare

Reuters: “A new, custom-built facility in Utah meant to house computers that power the popular messaging service by the end of 2010 has been plagued with everything from leaky roofs to insufficient power capacity, people familiar with the plans told Reuters.”

It’s tough when a third-party can’t deliver and makes you look like a jerk. Stuff happens.


Short sighted in San Francisco?

TechCrunch: The city isn’t thanking Twitter for bringing all these high paying jobs to San Francisco, either. Rather, some supervisors don’t want the tax break at all, and seem quite willing to see Twitter bail to tax-free Brisbane. Says Supervisor John Avalos: “Who are the [Twitter] investors? Probably some of the wealthiest people in this country. And we are giving them more wealth.”

Business Social

Winer on the Twitter Roadmap

A Tweetie Bird.
Scripting News: “1. If you make a Twitter client, you have a bit of time to get out of that business. If you were thinking about writing one, don’t.”

I haven’t read the entire “consistency and ecosystem” post but there’s a lot of language in there around do’s and don’ts. A lot of it is to help make the service as good as it can possibly be, you don’t want, or need, a bunch of spammers abusing the API’s, right? Me neither, but what about Twitter advertising, or things like the #dickbar that had users of the Twitter iPhone client up in arms? What if your client WAS REQUIRED to show the #dickbar? How would you feel about that? Probably not so good.

Is it time for that distributed “Twitter-like” service without the single authority? Maybe.

If you’re a Twitter Client developer you’d better read the new Twitter API Terms of Service, now.


Movie line of the week

You gotta love the movies.Good morning movie liners!

This morning’s line is going to be a bit different. Steven Vore and I decided it was time for another Twitter Movie Line of the Week. So… here goes, good luck!

Steven has part one.
I have part two.

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.

Indie iPhone

The Tapbots on Twitter for iPhone

Tapbots Blog: “What are their intentions? If it’s just to provide an official free client for users, that’s great. But we need to know if they’ll continue to welcome and encourage 3rd party clients to keep going. They also need to give us a fair chance to succeed by not giving their official client an unfair advantage when it comes to accessing the API. There are so many unanswered questions right now. We are aware of their dev conference this week, Chirp. We aren’t attending, but hopefully good news will come from this event.” – First off, these guys make great software. Second, they have the right attitude regarding the Twitter acquisition of Tweetie. They’re hoping it doesn’t kill off their product, but they’re not yelling and screaming about it. It’s the right way to approach it. Regardless of the outcome I’m sure they’ll continue to bring us great software, and that’s what it’s all about.

Indie Life

Congratulations Loren Brichter

Tweetie IconTwitter Blog: “We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve entered into an agreement with Atebits (aka Loren Brichter) to acquire Tweetie, a leading iPhone Twitter client. Tweetie will be renamed Twitter for iPhone and made free (currently $2.99) in the iTunes AppStore in the coming weeks. Loren will become a key member of our mobile team that is already having huge impact with device makers and service providers around the world. Loren’s work won the 2009 Apple Design Award and we will eventually launch Twitter for iPad with his help.”

Atebits Weblog (Loren Brichter’s Company): “Now I’ll be working with them on the inside. I’m happy to say that as of today Twitter is the proud owner of Tweetie – and I’m joining their mobile team and starting work on turning into, for iPhone and iPad.”

Wow, this is huge news. Congratulations Loren, congratulations Twitter, and congratulations users. This is a game changer for developers of Twitter clients. Let’s see how it plays out.