After two years of partnership, Twitter has revoked the ability for LinkedIn users to view tweets in their LinkedIn feed. The move was announced in a series of blog posts from both social sites. LinkedIn, however, assured users that they will still be able to share their LinkedIn posts as tweets.
CBS reports that the decision by Twitter is “part of a greater initiative to create stricter requirements for developers who use the company’s API.” As early as March 2011, Twitter’s Ryan Sarver said that developers should not “build client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience.” Removing the tweet feed from LinkedIn is definitely a step in that direction.
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo recently said, “What you’ll see us do more and more as a platform is allow third parties to build into Twitter.” And Michael Sippey expanded on this idea in his blog post:
“As always, we’re hard at work building tools that make it easy for developers to build common Twitter features into their own sites in a simple and consistent way. Some examples of these tools include the Tweet Button, Follow Button, embeddable Tweets and the search widget. Ultimately, we want to make sure that the Twitter experience is straightforward and easy to understand — whether you’re on Twitter.com or elsewhere on the web.”
What is your reaction to Twitter’s move? Will this make you more or less likely to use LinkedIn? Share your thoughts with us!