Two Moves That Reveal Twitter's Future

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We’ve been writing a lot lately about the transformation Twitter is going through—in which it has shifted from being a kind of real-time information utility to being a global media entity—and how that has led the company to restrict access to its API to control as much of the content flowing through its network as possible. But nothing sums up this transition, and the picture it paints of Twitter’s future, better than two recent events. In the first the company abruptly yanked Tumblr’s ability to connect to Twitter’s friend-finder API, and in the second it bragged about how positive its recent partnership with NBC was around the Summer Olympics. Welcome to the new Twitter world order.

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