Don’t build Twitter clients; but more specifically, don’t build any features for the non-business Twitter user, the average consumer. Twitter is still very much experimenting and optimizing in that arena, and the company doesn’t want to have to crush you when they launch a feature that duplicates the entire functionality of your app. But they will.
Twitter’s advice to developers in its ecosystem, from @jolieodell
The rub about building your product around another company’s API.
Developers have told us that they’d like more guidance from us about the best opportunities to build on Twitter. More specifically, developers ask us if they should build client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience. The answer is no.Twitter platform team leader Ryan Sarver • Revealing that the company, which built itself on the back of third-party clients, will no longer allow new ones to crop up. However, the ones there can still operate – well, that is, as long as they uphold high standards set by the company. Hear that? That’s the chirp of a bird that got really arrogant after it learned how to fly. We’re sorry – third-party clients basically built this platform and for Twitter to change the game now seems completely uncool. source (via • follow)