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.
Just in time for the “Year of the Tablet”, Seesmic has launched atouch-optimised graphically rich version of Twitter for those who like to watch trending topics but not necessarily tweet.
Seesmic is best known in the Twitter ecosystem for its client software that lets users organise their tweets and “follows” better. Seesmic Look, its new product , would look good on a tablet or a big-screen TV and could change the way many people view Twitter.
Seesmic’s plans for platform and social networking domination have been extended with the popular Twitter client announcing today the acquisition of Ping.fm.
Seesmic switched from being a video social software app and took on Tweetdeck in 2009 - making its Twitter service available on Android, Blackberry, Windows, OSX and within a web browser.
The change in business plan was made possible by the acquisition of Twhirl. By adding Ping, users “can now update 50 social networks using Seesmic+Ping.fm from email, chat, sms, Blackberry, Android, web, Windows, OSX and much more soon,” according to Loic Le Meur, Seesmic’s founder.
The evolution of video on the web has been far from smooth.
Many start-ups have disappeared, concepts have failed and even YouTube has proved to be a costly acquisition for Google.
But that has not stopped the industry from figuring out ways to make money and survive.