Originally posted on Gigaom:

We’ve been writing a lot lately about the transformation that Twitter is going through — one that has seen it shift 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, in order to control as much of the content flowing through its network as possible. But nothing sums 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.

The Tumblr news didn’t come as that much of a surprise to anyone that has been following recent events, since Twitter has already cut off other apps…

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