Twitter Launching Its Own Proprietary Apps?

April 12th, 2010 at 12:00 am

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Twitter has become quite a popular service that has grown increasingly fast year after year. One reason for this might be the openness of Twitter to allow 3rd party programmers and developers to develop various applications for the micro blogging service. Twitter never did made money out of them nor did the outside developers asked for it from the company. Most of the developers did it for free since it allowed them to develop apps that has advertising dollars paying for them.

And since then, more than 70,000 Twitter apps are now available for use for just about anything connected to micro blogging. It may be these apps that allowed Twitter to write around 50 million posts in a day, quite an improvement from 2007 where Tweets number only around 5,000a day. But all that may change with Twitter going for proprietary apps this time.

As Twitter transforms itself as a non-profit service to one that may require revenue streams in order to survive, it may not be impossible for tension to develop between the company and those who develop apps for them. One of the tension now arises from Twitter’s plan to either offer advertising or paid accounts to its business subscribers. There are developers who have taken advantage of this opportunity long before Twitter announced such plans. These same developers are now thinking that Twitter may be on the way of engaging in competition with them when this happens.

And not only that, Twitter has recently announced that it may be on its way of building proprietary apps for the iPhone and Blackberry. Developers are concerned that Twitter itself may be building up its own features that would stand in competition with apps that are already existing and that offer some potential. And because the open platform that Twitter exists in today requires no contract being signed between the micro blogging service and its 3rd party app developers for building apps, this risk has always been there. It is only now that such risks become serious concerns, thanks to recent moves made by Twitter.