Twitter joins Linux foundation
‘We love developers really’
A week after it rocked its developer base with a new set of API rules, Twitter has become a Silver-level member of the Linux foundation, assuring the open source world that it’s “fundamental” to Twitter’s success.
The microblog already had a keynote slot at the upcoming LinuxCon in San Diego, with its open source manager Chris Aniszczyk to take the stage and describe the company’s use of open source technology.
In explaining its sponsorship decision, Twitter rolled out a nostrum about how Linux’s capacity to be “extensively tweaked” made it important to the microblogging service – without somehow mentioning that the extent of “tweaking” allowable via Twitter’s API is progressively shrinking.
Developers had taken exception to the API changes, which demand that third party applications be authenticated using OAuth for each request to the API, and put rate limits on third-party app requests.
With LinuxCon kicking off on Wednesday (August 29), most commentators are willing to give Twitter the benefit of the doubt, and attribute the timing of the announcement to a conference-related media strategy rather than a soothe-the-developers crisis management strategy.
The $US15,000 price tag on Twitter’s sponsorship won’t make the Linux Foundation rich nor Twitter poor, if it successfully buys some developer goodwill, it’ll probably be money well spent. ®
And to think that they've discontinued TweetDeck for Linux, real dedication to all aspects of the platform there. Oh what's that Twitter, you're only interested in the server side of Linux not the client? That doesn't seem self interested at all
Re: willing to give Twitter the benefit of the doubt
Google, Amazon, Apple, Twitter. One of these is not like the others, much as it might wish otherwise. Hint: it has something to do with 'profit'.
Twitter's control-freakery is desparation; they've got a massive userbase and a world-wide brand and they simply don't have a clue how to extract any money from it. It is probably premature to call this 'death thoes' rather than 'incompetent flailing', but not too far off the mark. Compare with Facebook's endless stream of privacy-violating ad-pushing instruments.
willing to give Twitter the benefit of the doubt
Really? I was thinking that Twitter are joining the legions of big companies (Google, Amazon, Apple, etc) that do what they want, when they want, to whom they want, and expect to get away with it.