It's what we've come to expect from Twitter, leaving us on eggshells until the next announcement. As I allow the subtleties of the latest sink in, I can't help but think back to my Seesmic days.
Really, not much has changed. Only the calendar year. Looking back, I vividly remember the uncertainty that came with each day. With every positive conversation we'd have with Twitter, an equally negative action resulted. The interaction was always the same -- concern from our end, followed by confirmation of support from theirs.
Then, this happened.
My issue isn't with Twitter making these tough decisions. Twitter is a business, like any other. They need to protect the network and userbase that makes them valuable.
We are confusing these decisions with a need to make money, but that's not the case. It's a need to stay relevant and a need to keep their most precious assets close. Money is the result of that. Tumblr is a competitor to Twitter, and the data provided through their social graph can make or break the Tumblr experience for first time users. Logically, cutting them off makes sense, if you ignore the current state of volatility with the developer community. The question of whether or not that'll work is to be determined.
The issue I have is with how the game continues to be played. The reverberations have been cyclical. Shock and fear, followed by affirmations of support.
What are we to do? The information is immensely valuable, the data is one of a kind, and the positive implications of building off of the data can be significant. So we continue, sucking from the teat of Twitter until the hammer comes crashing down.
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.