Twitter is the fast growing social media company.
Twitter is providing an API for creating third-party applications by accessing Twitter data.
Thousands of (Around 750,000) third-party Twitter applications/clients are available. Even some applications are more popular than Twitter's own web interface.
Even if these third-party applications helped Twitter to grow fast, Twitter had decided to ban these third-party applications.
Twitter had started this third-party clients ban starting from Ubermedia clients such as UberTwitter and Twidroyd.
And, Twitter had asked the Developers to stop building clients. Engadget has mentioned that Twitter is implementing these restriction to start monetize its services. Engadget has given title as "Twitter to developers: we want to own the pipes, water, and faucets, but feel free to make soap" for this news.
We also developed many useful Twitter applications, and currently we use it internally. And, we had lot of plans to improve our Twitter Clients further.
But yesterday, I got an email from Twitter saying that "This is a notice that your OAuth token for QualityPoint has been suspended from interacting with the Twitter API."
Since all our Twitter clients use this application, nothing is working now.
As Twitter starts hating third-party Twitter applications, I am planning to reduce our focus on developing Twitter clients/applications. Instead, I am planning to focus more on developing our jobsite. We already introduced Resume Posting service, and working on to release lot of new features including meta job search engines for regular jobs and freelance jobs. Since the Social media sites get revenue from job advertisements, I think running job site is wiser than working with other social media sites such as Twitter which won't hesitate to ban any developers to monetize their services..
If anyone wants to start their own Resume posting service, you can contact me.
As the Twitter is the good source for getting huge traffic easily, I am analyzing the all the possibilities of using Twitter effectively even after they suspended our application. I will publish my detailed plans soon. And, if anyone wants to buy our Twitter applications, you can contact me. (As of now, the demo won't work as Twitter has suspended our application. You can test it after updating with your application credentials)
Apart from our Twitter application, few of our Twitter accounts also got suspended.
But I didn't get any mail from Twitter about this account suspension. So, I had sent below message to twitter support "firstname.lastname@example.org".
And, I got below reply from Twitter Support Team.
Since I didn't find any appropriate reason from the links provided by the Twitter Support Team, I sent below reply.
And, I got below reply from Twitter support team.
I sent below reply, and this time I put cc to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
I got below reply.
It seems Twitter support is very active and they they are sending reply quickly.
And a notable point is, our application "qualitypoint" got suspended after I had done these communications with Twitter about our Twitter Account suspension. I am NOT sure whether there is any relation between them. If you know more details, you can share your comments.
It looks like Twitter is in Trouble. Fortune magazine has done a detailed analysis about Twitter and published an article Trouble @Twitter.
It says that Boardroom power plays, disgruntled founders, and CEO switcheroos are clipping the wings of this tech high flier.
And, It says,
Just two years ago Twitter was the hottest thing on the web. But in the past year U.S. traffic at Twitter.com, the site users visit to read and broadcast 140-character messages, has leveled off. Nearly half the people who have Twitter accounts are no longer active on the network, according to an ExactTarget report from January 2011
And, Biz Stone has tried to answer for the Fortune Magazine article.
Business Insider has described this as "The Truth About Twitter's Troubles" .
The story touches on Twitter's lack of revenues, its management discord, its relatively small user-base, and its refusal to accept huge multi-billion dollar offers from the likes of Google and Facebook.So, it seems Twitter is facing high pressure from media to improve the quality of tweets. That may be the reason Twitter suspending third-party applications and twitter accounts rigorously. But I think, this unplanned and inappropriate suspensions will do more harm to Twitter than doing any help. What do you say?
The truth about these troubles is that the company, operating under new CEO and a re-constituted board since last fall, knows it has them, and is re-organizing the entire company around fixing them.
|Twitter's board of directors, March 2009. From Left to Right: Peter Fenton, Fred Wilson, Evan Williams, Bijan Sabat, Ted Wang, Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone. PHOTO Source: Fortune.cnn.com|
Updates on May 05th
Till now I didn't get any reply from Twitter regarding reactivating our Twitter application. So, I have decided to choose web based access than using API.
Our Team is good in creating web based scripts. For example, we have created a script which will automatically post resume to around 60 job sites.
So, We have started creating scripts for sending tweets without using API. Currently we are testing it. I will give more details once after completing it.
Updates on May 07th
We have resolved the issue by registering new twitter application. Anyway, we are ready with script for the web based also.
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