One of the biggest investors in Twitter has revealed that the microblogging site may be about to release its own mobile and desktop clients. This would be a radical move from their traditional practice of outsourcing to third party developers.
Fred Wilson, a major investor in Twitter, sparked the controversy off with a recent blog post.
He compared the position of the third party developers to General Computers. GC lost a great deal of business and eventually crumbled once Apple stopped outsourcing the production of its hard drives to them.
"Much of the early work on the Twitter platform has been filling holes in the Twitter product," he wrote.
"It is the kind of work General Computer was doing...Some of the most popular third-party services on Twitter are like that. Mobile clients come to mind. Photo-sharing services come to mind. URL shorteners come to mind. Search comes to mind. Twitter really should have had all that when it launched, or it should have built those services right in to the Twitter experience."
He said that developers should be changing their focus so that they are less concerned with mobile devices and begin and concentrate instead on social gaming and analytics.
"That's what I'd like to challenge entrepreneurs and developers out there to focus on," he said. "I think the time for filling the holes in the Twitter service has come and gone. It was a great period for Twitter and its third-party developers. I believe we are entering a new phase now.
"[Twitter] is a large company now with the resources to service the ecosystem in ways it never could before...it's time for Twitter and its developer ecosystem to work together to create entirely new things that will shape the internet in the coming years. I'm excited to see it happen."
Wilson has refused to expand upon these points which he has made in the blog. However, a source close to one of the third party developers has spoken out on the subject.
He stated, "Twitter is going to do mobile apps and URLs," the source said. "Bit.ly, TwitPic and Tweetie are now considered 'core' to the platform. They will either be bought or competed with."
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