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An open source Twitter client?

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 by Dave Winer.

A picture named ron.gifThere have been a lot of back-channel conversations about the future of Twitter, and one subject that keeps coming up (I keep bringing it up actually) is the need for a Twitter client that isn't aligned with any commercial interest. One that, by design, is meant to serve users and users only. I think it's time to start a public discussion about this, not sure if there's interest among developers -- this isn't something I'd write myself. The only way to find out is to ask. ;-> Permalink to this paragraph


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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 53, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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