Why Twitter's Latest Aquisition is Good for Us Twitter Users


Micro-blogging sensation Twitter on Friday bought Tweetie, an iPhone application that's won numerous awards, including an Apple Design Award in 2009.

Twitter has for a long time supported developers of third-part applications that allow users of the site to access their tweets, post messages and interact with their friends (called "Followers").

This has enabled a "gold rush" for developers, who have sought their fortunes on building stylish apps for next-generation devices such as Apple's iPhone, and RIM's BlackBerry.

However, this recent move points to Twitter's focus on wanting to purchase existing brands, instead hiring engineers, with the $100 million boost they recently received through venture capital funding. This recent purchase of the successful application for iPhone will see the developer of Tweetie join forces with Twitter, to re-brand Tweetie as "Twitter for iPhone", and essentially create the "ultimate" Twitter application for
Apple's popular smartphone.

Bloggers across the 'sphere have been chronicling what seems to be the demise of third-party developers of mobile Twitter access.

The way I see it, though, is that this could actually be a good thing for us Twitter users, who like to get our daily dose of tweets whilst on-the-go. With Twitter being more actively involved in the building of these mobile apps, we as end users get a far more polished product with tighter integration to the micro-blogging service.

Think of Facebook and their apps for BlackBerry, iPhone and Android: the apps are stylish, polished, and have a great, seamless integration to the site.

And with new features coming soon from Twitter, it'll be interesting to see how they perform with the company now taking this deeper approach to developing for mobility.

One thing I hope will come out good from this, is if Twitter finally takes the step towards creating an official app for Symbian, and thus the large Nokia population. Us Nokia users have been left out cold for far too long now, with Facebook and the like not wanting to build natively for us; let's hope that, if Twitter makes the bold move, the others will follow.

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