I’m happy to say that as of today Twitter is the proud owner of Tweetie — and I’m joining their mobile team and starting work on turning Tweetie.app into Twitter.app, for iPhone and iPad.
I can’t quite make up my mind on the principle of the thing — on the one hand, Twitter is what it is thanks to its API and thanks to the plethora of third-party clients (which are used by a minority of users, but those users are the, uh, “influencers” who bring the masses), and it’s more than a bit ungrateful to suddenly upstage all third-party developers now; on the other hand, it’s unquestionably good for Twitter, and its users, to have an official free client app that looks and works great, so it’s hard to resent them.
But, more importantly, what the hell does it mean for Tweetie Mac? Ah, it’s still on [via]. But I’m not sure how tenable a position it is to be Twitter’s lead iPhone developer and make and sell one of the two most prominent Mac clients on the side.