Rule your ecosystem with kindness
Last week Twitter went from tearing down authoritarian regimes to being one. Boom. There I said it…..and my Twitter account is still live! Phew. I guess my 100 followers can breathe a sigh of relief. Maybe Twitter is waiting for the Minister of Special Punishments to come up from the Twidroid Memorial Dungeon.
When you own the kingdom, as Twitter does, you can do what you like. Their Terms of Service has this dozy term:
“Twitter may immediately suspend your access to the Twitter API or any Twitter Content…at any time, and without notice to you if you breach any term or condition in this agreement or otherwise engage in activities that Twitter reasonably determines are likely to cause liability to Twitter. (emphasis added by me)
Confused? I’ll spell it out for you: Twitter gets to decide. So we all (my company included) accepts them on the faith that Twitter will rule with a benevolent hand. But with the sweeping termination of service to almost 100 clients including two of the most popular, Twitter showed an iron hand.
When the ruler becomes more important than the ruled the ecosystem suffers, the subjects grow restive and the countdown to alternatives starts ticking…and tweeting.