There are more opportunities than ever for developers today but that doesn't mean that making money is always easy. Some of the most attractive platforms for developers are far from perfect and fraught with risk.
Some Facebook app developers were reminded of that this weekend when their applications were shut down without warning due to ads served up by the third party Facebook ad networks many of them rely on to generate revenue.
After days of chatter, MySpace made its acquisition of social music discovery startup iLike official today. The company, which is best known for its popular Facebook music app, will see its social discovery technology applied in new areas such as gaming, according to MySpace CEO Owen van Natta. To that end, iLike was acquired by MySpace Inc., not MySpace's digital music joint venture.
According to the acquisition announcement, the current iLike experience that users have come to love will be "unaffected by
the acquisition" and iLike will continue to be headquarted in Seattle.
Dean Collins sells a desktop software application called My Twitter
Butler. By all appearances, it's pretty spammy. It enables Twitter
users to auto-follow other users based on keywords they use and permits
the mass-sending of DMs to followers.
Twitter doesn't like My Twitter Butler and Twitter's high-powered
Silicon Valley law firm, Fenwick & West, sent Collins a letter
demanding that he "deactivate" his website, transfer the
MyTwitterButler.com domain name to Twitter, stop using the My Twitter
Butler name and begin complying with Twitter's Terms of Service. Or else.
It's a good to be an independent developer. The number and variety of
development platforms on which to build has exploded over the past
several years. From the iPhone to Salesforce to Facebook, opportunity
knocks at every turn.
But if you're an independent developer, choosing which platform to
develop for can be a difficult task. Many developers today decide to
develop for the platforms that seem to offer the quickest path to
Facebook is already pretty open. Its developer platform enables developers to build applications that leverage Facebook users' 'social graphs' and its Connect API gives developers the means to 'connect' their websites with Facebook.
But, perhaps in an effort to compete with the service Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg can't have (Twitter), the social network is set to become even more open.
Although e-commerce is one of the relatively stable industries in these challenging times, it does not guarantee that any individual etailer will survive the downturn we are seeing in the UK economy. However, there is one important step that can be taken to minimise the risk, as outlined within the new E-commerce Platforms Buyer's Guide.