As Twitter Develops, Developers Quiver in Fear

The biggest web-related news by far this week was a lovers’ quarrel. But it wasn’t two people fighting, it was a company and its developer community. The company was Twitter, and the battle was over the future of the Twitter “ecosystem,” the stable of third-party applications and related services that have grown up around the company since it was founded in 2006. The tiff is in many ways a replay of tensions in developer vs. company relationships that have ebbed and flowed virtually since Silicon Valley began, and regardless of the outcome, it could give some app developers a hard lesson in navigating this relationship.