Developers who were offended at the way Twitter seemed willing to toss them aside should know that Twitter cofounder Evan Williams wants to take a different approach in the future. Williams came close to making an apology yesterday, and indicated that things will change.
To start with the matter of change: according to Matthew Ingram, Williams said while on stage at the Web 2.0 Summit, “We need to keep evolving Twitter, but we also need to keep providing new opportunities for developers.”
As for the semi-apology, Williams stated, “We’ve learned a lot about having an ecosystem and working with third-party developers and we’ve screwed up a lot of that.”
So there you (sort of) have it. Hopefully Twitter will behave much better with respect to third-party developers from now on.
We should note, though, that Evan Williams recently stepped down from the role of CEO, so his words don’t carry as much weight as they would have just a couple months ago.