Twitter Takes Its Ball and Goes Home

For the 0.003% of the Earth's population that uses Twitter, the past couple of days have seen much posturing, hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth over the revocation by Twitter of API access by the UberMedia apps, of which UberTwitter and Twidroyd are two.

While I understand the frustration of suddenly realizing that the app on your phone is no longer keeping you _au courant_ with your friends' tweets, I think there are a few things that need to be said:

  1. It's only Twitter.
  2. There are other clients out there that work just fine. I like Plume.
  3. You knew when you signed up that Twitter was a walled garden, an entity unto itself. If not, you should have. For heaven's sake, I told you so.
  4. If you're not happy, there are, Friendfeed, Google Buzz, even Jaiku (yes, it still exists). Go build a community in one of them.
  5. However, good luck with that, because what truly matters is where the people are, and for now where the people are is Twitter. 

That is all. You may now return to your regularly scheduled kvetching. Thank you.