After several very rocky months between Twitter and developers, the social networking platform has finally decided to smooth things over by giving developers more information, assistance and support through a new web portal, which is set to launch July. Known for its speedy rise to Internet prominence, the San Francisco-based company has been widely criticized for shunning many of its earliest supporters in recent months.
Twitter’s attitude towards its community of developers is markedly capricious. Many early developers built products such as Twitter clients and helped the network grow, but later found themselves in competition with the company itself. This change in working philosophy became extremely evident with the social network’s recent acquisition of TweetDeck, the world’s largest third-party Twitter platform.
Over the past year and a half, the company has come under considerable criticism for having a cantankerous relationship with its web of developers. Whether that relationship is genuinely fractious or is just mistakenly perceived remains a topic of vehement debate. Twitter, for its part, claims that it is trying to offer up as much information as possible to its developer community and partners. Unfortunately, the company has not always been true to its word.
In an effort to save what reputation it has left, Twitter is going to attempt to return to the level of transparency it started with by building a new site specifically tailored to suit the needs of developers. The portal is rumored to feature developer tips and tricks, a dedicated blog focused on platform and developer related topics, and will also have a robust forum where the Twitter team can engage directly with the developer community.
When Apple announced expanded Twitter support during its World Wide Developer Conference keynote, many failed to realize that the built-in social networking capabilities of iOS will open up many doors for the company, bringing many new developers to the service. But Twitter needs to better communicate with these developers, and this new site will hopefully help do just that.
What do you, fellow developers and social networking enthusiasts alike, believe? Is Twitter going to be able to smooth things over with its community of developers by launching a new portal that will give the world access to exclusive information? Should Twitter continue to support third-party endeavors or simply look inward? Sound off in the comments below.