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The Musk Files - Mind the Rules

Let’s see how Mr. Musks management of Twitter is going!

TL;DR - it’s a mess.

The Verge and New York Magazine

Those who remain at the company mostly fall into two camps: people trapped by the need for health care and visas or cold-eyed mercenaries hoping to ascend through a power vacuum.

This piece is really wonderful. Take a few minutes and read the entire thing. Musk is so arrogant and is burning Twitter to ashes one bad move at a time.

Instead, he interrupted. “I was writing C programs in the ’90s,” he said dismissively. “I understand how ­computers work.”

All that’s missing in that scene is him smacking the lady he’s talking to on the butt then taking a drag off of his cigar and a sip of bourbon.

Dude, I was also writing C programs in the 90’s and I’ve been around the block a few times. When someone is investing valuable time out of their day to explain things to you, listen. Only talk if you need clarification. Twitter is a giant machine with many moving parts. I cannot imagine one person knowing and understanding how it operates. Web services are hard, even little ones. Can you imagine how hard it must be to serve millions and millions of users daily?

Arrogant and not a genius.


In case there was any doubt about Twitter’s intentions in cutting off the developers of third-party apps, the company has quietly updated its developer agreement to make clear that app makers are no longer permitted to create their own clients.

Paul Haddad apologizes for breaking a rule that existed after he broke it.

The Iconfactory

We are sorry to say that the app’s sudden and undignified demise is due to an unannounced and undocumented policy change by an increasingly capricious Twitter – a Twitter that we no longer recognize as trustworthy nor want to work with any longer.

A beautiful goodbye written by one of Twitterrific’s long term caretakers. Sean has spent most of his career working on the best Twitter client on the platform. It was ahead of it’s time in so many ways.

It was the first desktop client, the first mobile client, one of the very first apps in the App Store, an Apple Design award winner, and it even helped redefine the word “tweet” in the dictionary.

If anything we need to remember Twitterrific for all its firsts. It made Twitter usable on a mobile phone. It paved the way.

Twitter realized it needed an iOS client of its own, bought Tweetie, and promptly turned it into a user experience mess. Many of us used third-party clients because they were just better.