Twitter is currently experiencing the push and pull of being a platform versus being a business. To be a business, to make money, they have to circle the wagons, reign in the use of its API, and be more like Facebook. Unfortunately, that’s counter to everything that makes Twitter great. It’s going to be fascinating to watch Twitter’s development over the next year. Fingers crossed they don’t muck it up.
The Verge reports that major changes are coming in the next few months which will move Twitter from “an open platform popular among independent developers towards a walled garden more akin to Facebook.”