The company explains Twitter recently started competing with News.me, but it’s the social network’s new Display Requirements, which it says are going to be too difficult for it to implement with its current resources, that tipped the scales. “Here’s what it comes down to,” says News.Me’s Jake Levine, “we don’t want to invest time and energy into an application that competes with a platform on which it relies.”
I’ll join everyone in getting angry at Twitter when it’s warranted, but I don’t think this is anything to get worked up about. News.me has been pretty quiet this year — I’ve heard that it hasn’t had much staffing for a long time.
I’m guessing the full story here is that News.me’s resources were mostly reallocated to other Betaworks projects many months ago, and Twitter’s new (terrible) “Display Requirements” are a convenient reason to shut down what was probably its biggest remaining cost.