Setting a precedent for future API decisions, Twitter has made a move that has many people talking. Announced this last Friday – Twitter will no longer allow LinkedIn to stream a Twitter user’s feed within LinkedIn pages. LinkedIn maintains that users can still send out status updates from LinkedIn, eventhough displaying a twitter feed has been removed. LinkedIn also maintains that nothing else in the user experience has changed. The reason for this move has been attributed to Twitter’s focus on reining in their API distribution among third party sites. As Twitter matures, the need for a solid monetization path is very important. If Twitter continues to allow developers to create third party services or integrate all of Twitter’s features within another website, then Twitter has a harder time collecting advertising dollars. Twitter makes no apologies for their stricter set of rules as it relates to their API. If developers desire to create services that mimic the Twitter experience, they might as well forget it. Those days are long gone.
An advocate for a free and open web and a serial entrepreneur, Preston has an in depth working history online with ecommerce, content creation and affiliate marketing. Most recently, Preston has had both the opportunity and pleasure to serve the Internet Marketing Grind Forums as a moderator.