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Twitter bought an app. What’s it supposed to mean?

From an article on Newsweek, the developers didn’t react as radically as expected. Some say it’s not that bad. It will set a higher entry bar for new app developers. They do have a point. I’m so confused when I browse the clients on Oneforty. There are just too many. Too many choices is as bad as no choice at all.

Will Twitter take advantage of its position as an API designer? That’s really hard to say. There is no such thing as a Open API License, which restricts the API designers from keeping secret or taking timing advantage to make their own client more competitive.

Can a platform provider also be an applicaiton designer? Prohibiting such thing seems stupid. But I think there is at least some agreement, license or even regulation to address this issue.