Tag Archive for ‘Evan Williams’

Outspoken Investor Chris Sacca Backs Jack Dorsey as Next Twitter CEO ➝

I can’t say I know enough about the interworkings of Twitter to be an authority on the subject, but it sure seems like Twitter was doing far more interesting things when the founders were still in charge.

Twitter’s Biggest Mistake ➝

Joe Caiati:

Even if Twitter changed their API rules tomorrow, what developer is going trust Twitter to make their living building a third-party client?

The damage is done. If Twitter reversed their mistake six months after the API change, then it may have blown over, but years later, I would be surprised if any developer saw Twitter as a viable platform to spend their time on. It still amazes me that with all of Twitter’s bad leadership and questionable decisions, they’ve still grown to become a successful company.

I’m a bit more optimistic than Joe, but this is a concern that I failed to mention when I linked to Evan Williams’ comments last week. Developers will certainly be hesitant, but I think those that jump in could find success and other developers will be quick to follow.

Evan Williams on Twitter and Developers ➝

Julie Bort, writing for Business Insider, quoting Twitter co-founder Evan Williams:

The API was, “One of our strategic errors we had to wind down over time,” Evans explained. “It wasn’t a win/win for developers, users and the company.”

But Twitter needs to do something to bring developers back, he suggested. “Twitter should be more of a platform than it is,” he said, hinting that this is exactly what Twitter is working on now, not waiting for a permanent CEO.

“There are a lot of things going on. New products, new source of revenue,” he says. When pressed on what those new revenue streams looked like, he says. “I’ve already said too much.”

Williams is currently a board member at Twitter and I hope that he still has enough clout to ensure that this “hinting” turns into more than just rumors. I would love to see Twitter back to its glory days of 2007-2008, but in order to do that they need help from third-party developers.

Twitter is a lot of different things to a lot of different people — a social network, a news feed, a micro-blogging platform, etc. Giving third-party developers a more robust API would allow them to make clients that could play to whatever strength a given user prefers from Twitter. And, improving developer relations along the way would help reassure them that access isn’t going to be functionally revoked like it has been in the past.

I’m cautiously optimistic.