April 8, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Remember when I said that developers should use NAV4ALL’s demise as a lesson to be careful when your business is dependent on another service? Well, Twitter investor Fred Wilson said the same in a blog post pointing out that Twitter could make just a couple of moves and introduce official services that would all but kill third-party developers.
Wilson’s comments can be viewed as a warning shot to third-parties that Twitter products built solely for “filling holes” in the system could be replaced if Twitter acquired or built a competing service. If the microblogging site integrates native photo uploading, say goodbye to TwitPic and Tweetphoto, Wilson suggests.
And if Twitter made an official Android client, you could bet I’d have to revisit that Android Twitter App Comparison chart. That’s why I think Twitter will probably release an official mobile client for Android before the end of the year. Wilson backtracked and said his thoughts are his own, but you can’t have a Twitter board member make a comment like this and not expect people to infer that Twitter is likely already exploring such options. Wilson’s comments make me think that’s a growing possibility.
Aside from the fact that several Twitter employees retweeted Wilson’s comments and called them “timely,” we’ve previously seen Twitter employees suggest that upcoming features on Twitter would make it less likely that anyone would want to use desktop alternatives like Seesmic or TweetDeck. Don’t be surprised if there are Twitter employees working to make the same happen in mobile.
P.S. That’s $20 in Monopoly money, 2-1 odds.