And there’s an uproar.
Michael Tsai – Blog – Twitter to Charge for API
At present, I would pay a reasonable fee to keep using Twitter with NetNewsWire and IFTTT. That may change if the people I follow continue to leave the platform. And I think this may be shortsighted in that a free API encourages people to do things that make the platform more valuable.
They aren’t happy about it.
Twitter Blue – Zeldman on Web and Interaction Design
Because we’ve all seen what happens to beloved platforms after they run for too long on fumes. Investors grab lifeboats. Founders sell to a new owner who rapidly enshittifies the platform. Or the product disappears. Or it lingers as an under-resourced shadow of its former self, like a loved one with a tragically wasting disease. (Something I know far too much about.)
Why is Twitter called a town square? As again, it’s a cultural thing. I get it. However, it’s hard to justify a concerted session to follow a thread littered with the survival graphs. It is easier to lose the context.
I won’t lose my sleep over Twitter being shut down.