Oh, Web drama.
Third-party developers often cry about the lack of an open write API from Google+. The absence notably means no tools, products, or services can add data to Google’s social network. Well, a few companies, such as Hootsuite, currently have permission to publish, but many more can only read.
With that said, entrepreneur Dalton Caldwell wants to launch ad-less social platform App.net to replace all the bogged-down, ad-supported social networks of the Internet. He even posted an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg yesterday about Facebook’s “bad-faith negotiations” with App.net and “the very real risk of 3rd party development on an ad-supported platform.”
Google Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra noticed Caldwell’s contentious blog post late last night, so he promptly explained in a status update why a public, read-and-write Google+ API is missing in action. His answer is simple: “I’m not interested in screwing over developers.”
Yeah…and this is his full status update:
- Google doesn’t plan to leave iOS Maps users without a fight (9to5google.com)
- Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s sister is now a Google Employee (9to5google.com)
- GoogleMobile: ‘We’re closing up shop’, all Android now (9to5google.com)
- Google announces ‘Save to Wallet API’ (9to5google.com)
So, now developers finally know why the year-old Mountain View, Calif.-based social network has not released a full and open API.