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According to Howard Lindzon, one of the biggest angel investors in TweetDeck, that is one very good reason for Twitter to buy the desktop client that is beloved by many of its own power-users (a deal that The Wall Street Journal says is at an advanced stage of negotiation.) Read more
The spat that broke out today between Twitter and Idealab founder Bill Gross speaks volumes about Twitter’s own long-running failure to cash in on the success of its service. As one third-party developer told us: “Bill Gross has been saying he’s going to monetise better than Twitter and that could have upset them. He is either committing suicide or he is going to be extremely successful.” Read more
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
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. Read more
Google has introduced Chrome, Apple has just issued a lightning-fast version of Safari with a new user interface and HTML 5 is being adopted to enable browsers to run every kind of program normally associated with native desktop applications.
But the browser’s basic design is still centred around representing web pages rather than the activity of users and their connections. Read more
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