Twitter Needs to Become More Open or Die

Twitter needs to become more decentralized and open, says the company's former chief engineer, or it will eventually wither and die like other "walled garden" approaches to the Web. In a blog post, Alex Payne says he quit the company at the height of its success earlier this year because he wanted the service to become an open, distributed communications platform, but the startup's senior executives were more focused on building a business instead. It's a critical question that many technology companies have faced: open or closed? Open can fuel more growth, but closed can generate more revenue. As Payne describes it:

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