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New Twitter Policies Put the Kibosh On Mashup Services 82

Posted by timothy
from the controlling-the-world dept.
dburr writes "If This Then That (IFTTT) is a web mashup service that lets you connect together multiple services in unique and powerful ways. For example, you can automatically bookmark Favorited tweets using a social bookmarking service such as Delicious. Or even notify you by SMS when your server goes down. Unfortunately, Twitter has just announced policy changes that will in effect neuter it. Starting next Thursday, August 27, IFTTT will be disabling all Twitter "triggers" (the real power of IFTTT and its defining feature). (You will still be able to post Tweets through IFTTT) This has upset many long time Twitter users and members of the technorati. I have created a petition in a valiant (and perhaps vain) attempt to express our displeasure at their decision."
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New Twitter Policies Put the Kibosh On Mashup Services

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 22, 2012 @05:52PM (#41423939)

    That's sure to stop them.

    I'm not sure what Twitter thinks it is doing, but what it is doing is alienating a wide variety of people. They've stopped development on the Mac desktop client, destroy the iPad client, neutered third-party clients, prohibitted several forms of useful integration, and the list goes on.

    • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Good. Mashups are just like social networks. A useless bullshit trendy fad that can't fuck off and die soon enough.

      Three cheers for Twitter! Even though theyre in the same category its the thought that counts!
    • by Nemyst (1383049) on Saturday September 22, 2012 @08:35PM (#41424835) Homepage

      The petition itself won't stop them (though who knows, it got Dark Souls on PC after all...), but it's symptomatic of something much bigger.

      If Twitter doesn't want to become the next Digg, they should listen to their audience more.

    • by mrmeval (662166) <mrmeval@[ ]il.com ['gma' in gap]> on Sunday September 23, 2012 @06:14AM (#41426921) Journal

      I never got the point of twitter. I have an account and followed the people I know from various blogs and ended up whittling away the morons who'd post inane content. It's like they swallowed stupid pills. It seemed that a high percentage of the bloggers who are erudite and have great content on their blog would allow garbage on twitter. I quit logging in, I'm about to fart loop the email address on the account by changing it to their autoresponding yet otherwise worthless customer service email address.

    • Yes, yes, it's easy to mock online petitions and their traditional worthlessness, but THIS petition has been written by a member of the "technorati," so maybe it has a chance.

      God Speed, Brave Technoratus! Make Us Proud!!

    • by gmyuriy (1441755)
      I rolled up my twitter project and left half a year ago, if you are a twitter developer, I suggest you do the same...
  • by Anonymous Coward

    How many lattes does one have to drink to become a member of the technorati?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      In my day, the techno-rati [youtube.com] had an entirely different role of getting drugged up, sitting around in cafes/parks and listening to mind numbing music while thinking they were doing things which would change the worl... oh wait.

    • by icebike (68054) *

      Actually I'm pretty sure that " long time Twitter users and members of the technorati" are mutually exclusive classes.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Long past time for someone to come up with a Twitter replacement.

    • by Static (1229)

      Have a look at app.net, then. It's aiming to be what Twitter could have been.

      • by icebike (68054) *

        App.net runs afoul of my "first in place" theory of incrimentally improved replacemts for existing entrenched internet services.

        No matter how bad Twitter, Facebook, or [insert object of your rath] are, they will remain in place until some new facility arrives with a fundamentally different and novel approach.

        We are stuck with twitter for the next ten years. It may evolve, and lose the 140 byte limit, but the idea of announcing, to the world at large, that you are having tacos for lunch somehow appeals to a

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Long past time for someone to come up with a Twitter replacement.

      How about "no Twitter"?

  • Date is wrong (Score:5, Informative)

    by failedlogic (627314) on Saturday September 22, 2012 @06:02PM (#41424009)

    Date is wrong or this story is a month late. TFA says "Starting next Thurs, Sept 27, 2012". Also August 27, 2012 was a Monday.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    technorati ? more like just a bunch of twats whining about their inane life that nobody cares about

  • Um, some problems. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) <marc.paradise@NOSpaM.gmail.com> on Saturday September 22, 2012 @06:09PM (#41424037) Homepage Journal

    1) Why is this front page? This is the result of the API and policy changes that twitter announced what, a month ago? two months?
    2) Yeah. An online petition. That'll learn 'em.

    • by wonkey_monkey (2592601) on Saturday September 22, 2012 @06:12PM (#41424051) Homepage

      2) Yeah. An online petition. That'll learn 'em.

      Didn't you hear? It's valiant.

      • by pnot (96038)

        2) Yeah. An online petition. That'll learn 'em.

        Didn't you hear? It's valiant.

        I assumed they meant that Prince Valiant [blogspot.com] was organizing the petition.

        Sorry, if he's not involved then I'm not interested.

    • 1) Why is this front page? This is the result of the API and policy changes that twitter announced what, a month ago? two months?

      Not even that, no. IFTTT has been in violation of Twitter's TOS since before any of the big changes were announced [techcrunch.com].
  • Frogskins (Score:1, Redundant)

    I'm sure that, for the proper amount of cash, Twitter will do your bidding.
    Free services are swell, but whining when you're getting what you pay for seems specious.
  • All 5 of them have signed the petition (assuming it wasn't signed by the owners/developers).

    • by Anonymous Coward

      All 5 of them have signed the petition (assuming it wasn't signed by the owners/developers).

      It's gone viral- 24 have signed. I'm starting a petition to have Mitt make more hidden camera videos, they're funny.

  • yes, that's right. they should just do pseudo browsers.

    anyhow, twitter is just fucking itself with all this. you'd think myfiasco would have taught them something.

    • by causality (777677)

      yes, that's right. they should just do pseudo browsers.

      anyhow, twitter is just fucking itself with all this. you'd think myfiasco would have taught them something.

      If people ever observe the history of how similar ideas played out, prior to trying such an idea, they are careful to hide all evidence of it.

  • Users thing up new ways to make Twitter useful and Twitter management keep coming up with new bans. Twitter needs to recognise that their users will do far better at building their business then some tyrannical beancounter at corporate HQ will. If Twitter don't get the message, they will end up driving users to other platforms and Twitter will end up another Myspace.

    Homework for the reader: Rewrite that in 140 characters.
    • Re:Crazy (Score:5, Insightful)

      by jonwil (467024) on Saturday September 22, 2012 @10:43PM (#41425471)

      I suspect one of the biggest reasons why Twitter keeps changing their rules/policies/etc to block these "new ways to make Twitter useful" is because all these alternative ways to consume tweets dont put their "promoted tweets" and other forms of revenue raising front-and-center like the official approved methods do.

  • by girlintraining (1395911) on Saturday September 22, 2012 @07:31PM (#41424453)

    It's an internet cliche, but still applicable:

    And Nothing Of Value Was Lost

    • Twitter is committing slow suicide. If you don't see that, then you don't see very far.

      No insult intended; just an observation.
  • by flimflammer (956759) on Saturday September 22, 2012 @09:10PM (#41425043)

    Want to really send a message to Twitter against this policy? Stop using Twitter.

  • by kenorland (2691677) on Saturday September 22, 2012 @10:30PM (#41425407)

    I was using Twitter pretty actively for a few years. It never was a great service, but it was simple, widely used, and had a lot of useful add-ons. But function after function has disappeared, making Twitter pretty much useless for me. So I quit.

  • by petsounds (593538) on Saturday September 22, 2012 @11:46PM (#41425709)

    I really have no problem with this. Mashup services just ride on the back of the people who do the hard work. Besides, these kinds of services are mostly used by geek and geek press. All the Silicon Valley rags will wag their tongues for a bit and go back to their lattes.

    What I do have a problem with is the general move towards Twitter circling its wagons, and signalling that all unofficial Twitter clients will eventually be cut off. This is just a dumb move. Clients like Tweetbot will always offer more innovation because the guys at Twitter have not shown they care about their product or have the ability to really innovate. They're finally trying to figure out how to make money from Twitter, but so far it's just fumbling around. They'd be better off at least taking a cut of the profits from all 3rd-party Twitter services/clients that charge money.

  • Forget the petition - start a 'new twitter (twatter?) service that doesn't block useful features -

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