MG Siegler over at TechCrunch just penned a great post about the ongoing war between Twitter and Bill Gross’s UberMedia and Twitter. He summed up the situation perfectly in my mind. I could not have said it better myself:
“WHAT’S SURPRISING ABOUT ANY OF THIS IS THAT PEOPLE ARE ACTING SURPRISED” – MG Siegler
I’ve been saying this for a long time now…why would anyone in their right mind think that Twitter would allow another company to build a multi-million (or billion) dollar business on the back of their own ecosystem?
It would be like a Facebook / Zynga repeat all over again only in that Facebook needed Zynga to monetize early.
Twitter does NOT need local Twitter publishing clients anymore now that they have their own, decent client. Not only do they not need them but they certainly don’t need to let them get rich by posting affiliate links and finding other monetization streams that they don’t share heavily with Twitter itself.
Yes, it would have been nice if Twitter had given fair notice to Ubermedia, but oh well. When you’re in a real life fight, punching below the belt and eye gouging are totally fair game.
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