At last, Twitter is building out its platform: with the purchase of Tweetie (pictured) it finally has its own mobile client.
But that doesn’t mean it’s about to start throwing its weight around or trampling on the very developers who have helped to make it a success, and some of the palpitations on the tech blogs are overdone. (You can follow the discussion on Twitter at #unionoftwitterapps.)
The fact is, the free-for-all around Twitter has been great for anyone who saw a chance to grab an audience by supplying essential services to the Twittersphere, but it has made things inconvenient and confusing for users. Read more
Social gaming company Zynga seems attached to Facebook at the hip.
The vast majority of Zynga’s 120m monthly users come from Facebook, and the slightest change in the Facebook news feed can have a major impact on how Zynga promotes its games.
As of December, Zynga and Facebook even share the same investors.
Mark Pincus, Zynga’s chief executive, sat down with the FT to talk about Facebook, the iPad and the future of social gaming. Read more
Apple’s announcement of its Game Center social gaming network on Thursday appears to represent “game over” for existing networks on the iPhone/iPad/iPod touch platform.
Aurora Feint’s OpenFeint and ngmoco’s Plus+, two of the most popular networks, seem ready to hand over power to Apple and concentrate on other parts of their business.
“We will make an easy transition path for developers to Game Center,” Jason Citron, Aurora Feint chief executive, told me. Read more