Remember when Twitter decided to no longer allow Instagrammers to find Tweople and cut off access to its API? And now Facebook (Instagram’s new sugar daddy) is doing the same to Twitter.
But there’s more!
Think Twitter is taking the higher ground by still allowing you to share your Vines to Facebook? Think again.
Facebook is obviously feeling kind of bashed by this “not letting Vine find Facebook friends” hoopla, so it posted this update to its policies:
Over the past few days, we’ve received questions about a few of our platform policies and want to clarify our thinking.
For the vast majority of developers building social apps and games, keep doing what you’re doing. Our goal is to provide a platform that gives people an easy way to login to your apps, create personalized and social experiences, and easily share what they’re doing in your apps with people on Facebook. This is how our platform has been used by the most popular categories of apps, such as games, music, fitness, news and general lifestyle apps.
For a much smaller number of apps that are using Facebook to either replicate our functionality or bootstrap their growth in a way that creates little value for people on Facebook, such as not providing users an easy way to share back to Facebook, we’ve had policies against this that we are further clarifying today (see I.10).
We are committed to helping you build great apps with Facebook, and will continue to invest in products that help you succeed while creating a healthy ecosystem.
What’s this all about? In case you missed it, when you try to find friends from Facebook on Vine, you get an error message.
But Twitter has been the bigger person, it seems, by still allowing you to share Vines on Facebook. Too bad the links that post to Facebook don’t work!
I shared a Vine to both Twitter and Facebook. When you click the Twitter link, it sends you here. When you click the Facebook link (attached to the image below that DID post on my Facebook wall), it sends you here.
Coincidence? I THINK NOT! Sorry. But seriously, someone is playing games here. Which side do you think it is?
And what do you think of these access issues overall? Annoyed, hungry (it’s lunch time) or indifferent?
(Vine image from Shutterstock)