Twitter is canceling its Chirp convention for builders amid administration transition, the corporate mentioned late Thursday. The convention was scheduled to happen in San Francisco on November 16. After Elon Musk took over the corporate final month, there have been a number of government exits and directional adjustments within the firm’s product technique. So it’s not shocking that social community is abandoning its plan for the convention’s return after greater than a decade of hiatus.
In a tweet, Twitter’s official account for developer-related bulletins mentioned that the corporate is “exhausting at work to make Twitter higher for everybody, together with builders” and it’d quickly share some information concerning the matter.
The corporate’s head of developer merchandise, Amir Shevat, didn’t present any particulars concerning the purpose behind canceling the convention and simply tweeted “Winds of change” as a response to it.
In June, Parag Agarwal-led Twitter introduced that it’s bringing again the Chirp convention in November. The corporate additionally opened up a contest for builders to point out inventive use circumstances of its new v2 API with costs like $10,000 for winners of various classes and free entry to the enterprise tier of the API for a yr. It mentioned whereas the convention will not happen, the social community will nonetheless announce the winners of the competition.
Twitter first held Chirp in 2010 however deserted the occasion the following yr. Whereas the platform has had a strenuous relationship with builders within the final decade, it was attempting to win the group again with new packages and a refreshed API. What’s extra, the corporate opened up API entry to educational researchers final yr.
Earlier this yr, it debuted a program referred to as Twitter Toolbox, which highlighted some third-party apps. At the moment, Shevat additionally mentioned that the corporate was open to exploring fashions like Twitter’s personal app retailer.
Final week, Twitter opened up new endpoints to direct messages by way of the v2 API that permits third-party apps to offer a greater DM expertise to customers.
It’s unclear what Twitter for builders will seem like within the Musk period. The Tesla CEO has given indications of engineering-led Twitter a number of instances, so builders will hope that they may get higher entry to the corporate’s instruments.
There might be questions on what occurs to merchandise like Tweetdeck. The corporate began testing a brand new model final yr with the hope to make it a paid product. Earlier this yr, findings by app researcher Jane Manchun Wong instructed that Twitter would possibly give entry to Tweetdeck by way of its Twitter Blue program. However since Musk is overhauling the subscription program in an enormous method, there is no such thing as a method to make certain Tweetdeck could have a spot there.