The new Twitter for Android update is eerily familiar.
One could make the case that many of these points were/are somewhat obvious, but the embedded tweet compose bar in particular was certainly not, and taken as a whole, there do seem a rather large number of UX similarities between my initial release of Tweet Lanes and the design Twitter have settled on.
On one hand the fact that a $28B company filled with talented designers and engineers ended up with a very similar design to little old me can't help but be a bit flattering right?
On the other hand, I can't help but feel a touch perturbed that a lot of my hard work was seemingly snatched without there being even any form of credit coming my way.
Consider the fact that Twitter bought Tweetie for "single digit millions". Certainly I never expected that to happen with Tweet Lanes, but at the same time, Twitter seem to have lifted a large portion of the design I labored over, but wouldn't even so much as increase my 100k user token limit when I enquired about it.
Furthermore, Twitter's inflexibility in working with 3rd party developers caused me to abandon another app idea I have that aims to make better use of the massive amounts of data Twitter collect each second. Given how I seem to have been on the money with Tweet Lanes, I feel confident that project would have been successful also. Actually, I think it would be a much
bigger hit than Tweet Lanes, given it's a unique app, rather than yet another
Maybe Twitter will get around to releasing something similar, maybe not. I guess we'll find out in time. But for better or worse, they seemingly won't be able to draw from the development community for such ideas going forward.
 Certainly I wasn't the first to embed an image preview in the feed or have clickable links/hashtags. But taken as a whole, especially when compared to the state of Twitter for Android at the same time, there do seem a rather large number of similarities between my initial release of Tweet Lanes and the design Twitter have settled on.
 For one thing, Tweet Lanes wasn't making $50k a day in sales. For another, at the time of Tweet Lanes's release Twitter had an Android code base, which wasn't the case at the time of their Tweetie purchase.
 As I've stated before, I think Twitter were entirely within their rights to put the screws to 3rd party developers, and I hold absolutely no ill feelings toward them for doing so. They raised 1B+ in VC money, and they can and should attempt to recoup that however they see fit.