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Twitter is the Benjamin Button of startups.

Born out of wisdom and insight in our daily social behaviour, completely changing the way we communicate. Soon grown into a heroic Atlas, holding up the world of third-party developers on its shoulders, thriving as the platform rises along with thousands of apps and services transforming the experience. Dusk approaches when Twitter sheds its desire to leave a mark on humanity and finds itself destined to die as a single-feature web-based MVP. A sparkle in a developer's eye.
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Very true. Along the same lines, Google+ is the Major League Soccer of social networks. Other countries have very successful soccer leagues that happened organically. The US tried to manufacture a soccer league, and it spent a ton of money in doing so. It so happens that the most talented athletes in the country prefer sports that are already popular. The most interesting people in the league are has-beens from Europe. Still, nothing wrong with being the fifth or sixth most popular sport in the country.
 
As I see the Google+ API still doesn't provide REST endpoints for posting anything, all of them are get and list (for people, activities and comments as well).
Even if one wants to build a client for Google+ it will result in an app for only viewing data.
 
This seems fairly off topic in relation to Aundrey's original post. His intention is to highlight the fact that Twitter's open, developer-centric culture as a start-up has rapidly regressed through alienation of it's core community, 3rd party developers. Twitter seems no longer interested in the value that these developers provide to the service and has all but told them to take a hike.
 
+Diego Basch I disagree in the sense that the rising generation in the US all play soccer - just have to wait until it gains traction. G+, on the other hand, is already in the same geo. as twitter, fb, etc. but no one cares about it (yes, i realize the irony in that I'm typing this on G+)
 
Agreed with +Tyler Murray ; I think the best comparison was how Twitter was acting like an old media company. They're closing itself off so you can only view twitter how and when they want it, and completely alienating it's original user base. 

Makes you wonder what the long term game plan for Twitter is.
 
Facebook is the Jurassic Park of startups.

Founded by a hacker-idealist who wanted to bring people and technology together like never before. The experiment worked wonderfully at first as millions of people flocked to Facebook's revolutionary platform from around the world. Soon, questions of profitability came into the picture, forcing executives to compromise ethics for additional revenue. Chaos erupted and millions began to question their loyalty and wonder about their safety/privacy. Over time, the platform has become overgrown with ads (that are rarely clicked), spam (that embarrasses it's victims), and scandals (that frighten even the most loyal users). Fear of extinction due to unexpected competition has pushed Facebook to become even more aggressive by inflating the value of the company to astronomical proportions, acquihiring dozens of startups, and raising billions in an IPO. Today, the future of Facebook is in the air. No one knows how the variables will compound and what this corporate gene sequence will evolve into...
 
 Microsoft enters every line of business in which somebody is making money selling software or computing services.

The providers of TCP/IP network connectivity (cable, phone, etc.) are all angry that other companies and getting very rich using their networks and seek to extract some of that value through "traffic shaping", content blocking, and all other sorts of chicanery that spawned the idea of network neutrality.

Twitter exists to make money. They see third parties making money selling licenses to enhanced clients, so they decide to get into that market.  twitter client developers proved the market for them. Now the investors, who want a big return on their money must insist that Twitter follow the money into those markets. Its Twitters platform, and Twitter's data.

I sympathize with the developers, but the general public (decidedly self-absorbed, and apathetic towards the issues affecting developers) do not care whether twitter turns the thumb screws on their third party developers. The End users are no longer the internet cognoscenti, and they just don't care, as long as they can tweet.
 
+tim peterson the dinosaurs didn't see it coming either. 

Facebook is past it's prime. Only a matter of time until something smaller, more agile, better adapted becomes a worthy challenger. Most people (aged 15-30) I know have become Facebook-weary, they only use it because there is nothing better...yet. 
 
+adam holmes +Amar Patel fb's extinction is happening due to several external (growth of google+, twitter, etc.) and internal forces (too many low quality users, remember what people began to think of Myspace users?), i deleted my fb account 6 months ago, the only people I know who use fb now regularly are middle aged women, online catfighting between 40th and 50th year high school reunions is undesirable on many levels 
 
What you have said Tim I find to be true and more people are making the move to google.If only for it's speed it's much faster
 
+adam holmes +tim peterson  

I agree. what's coming will have the successful elements common to all social networks and will introduce a few new design innovations for greater simplicity and utility. I would like Google+ to be that but so far they haven't differentiated themselves from facebook enough to lure users away.

There has to be a big incentive for people to leave and a bigger reason for people to stay, that's why Diaspora (and many others) didn't take off as the founders hoped. Case study: MySpace was once the king of the scene until Facebook designed a simpler and smarter alternative leaving MySpace to struggle for relevancy.

Now Facebook looks a lot like MySpace and the same migratory userbase is looking to move on again... 
 
Amazing post... What a great perspective on the recent Twitter API lockdown debacle! 
 
So is this to say that twitter is on the decline in general, or is this about how it has changed from its beginnings?
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lol intelligent thread totally hijacked unintentionally (but funny anyway)
 
This is what happens on FB. Adhd kicks in and it's impossible to have a focussed thread. You can find out about other users by clicking on their avatar our sending them a message.
 
OMG there is no way you could get all that on one tweet..
 
Swiftly changing the subject......

+Amar Patel I feel like FB users are almost too lazy to move at this point. Let's face it, they've been the dominant social platform for years now and people have built up really large networks that they wont be so quick to abandon.
 
poet.. didn't say much but poetic
 
Hey, I happen to like MLS. Revs vs Chivas = exciting.....
Twitter=Classic scenario of big money coming in and ruining the party, late and cheaply drunk, boisterous as usual. All indies begin to filter out.
 
While we are bashing Google+, let me throw in my two cents on areas that need to change: 1) The arbitrary 500 comment limit needs to either be increased, or eliminated altogether. Likely, increased to something like 9,999 or 32,767 comments. 2) Why is there just one big News Feed that represents all of Google+, outside of media? There needs to be a large UI overhaul with more customization (like MySpace had in the mid-2000s.) 3) Profile layouts and information needs to be more intelligently displayed. Google+ already has better, cogent security settings. They need to work on aesthetics with a stress on simplicity over design.
 
I think Google needs to step in now and release an API covering every aspect of Google+. Facebook has no real "follow" functionality and twitter is killing third party development with its new restrictions. With a complete API, Google can have two birds with a single bullet.
 
The Benjamin Button part is a great analogy. However instead of Atlas I prefer to think about Twitter as a Goliath standing on the shoulders of many Davids. Thousands of 3rd party developers and users who co-created the giant. 
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