Twitter’s official iPhone app reviewed

Yesterday saw the release of the official Twitter iPhone app, which is basically a newer version of the popular Tweetie app, which Twitter acquired recently.

The move also puts Twitter in direct competition with other app developers, who may be a bit peeved at the fact that this app is available free of charge.

I’ve been trying the new app out…

Angry developers are better for Twitter than lost business

Twitter sparked quite the controversy last week when news leaked that the microblogging service would possibly eliminate the need for many the third party features that have sprung up to support the service.

The company has been historically open to developers building on its platform, letting third parties take care of everything from analytics to mobile apps and photo and video sharing. But that is all set to change soon.

And let this be a lesson. Promises made by a startup aren’t always the kind that can be kept. Especially when they are only implied.

Why downloadable apps matter

The iPhone App Store may have sold over 1.5 billion mobile applications since its launch last year, but Google’s isn’t going to waste much time on pesky downloaded apps. It sees bigger opportunities on the mobile horizon. Like tailoring its Chrome browser to the space. And while it may suit Google just fine to focus its efforts on mobile browsing, developers shouldn’t abandon the native app space just yet.