So, what happened to Twitter?
As a volunteer entity, the creator of HazAlerts, originally named AusAlerts (2010/11), created to distribute free and open emergency information, has taken the decision that Twitter has demonstrated their resolve to erode confidence in their services to where it cannot be justified to continue API use. This decision is not taken lightly as HazAlerts was an early adopter of the Twitter API soon after the 2010/11 floods of Queensland, Australia. Some caveats that now prevent HazAlerts from continuing use of the Twitter platform.
- As with Facebook, the upcoming "new" API version limits (complicates) the ability for small low-funded organisations to use said service
- Free speech and the ability to directly fact-check primary source(s) is no longer allowed on the platform
- Actions taken by Twitter recently and many other US tech platforms give businesses less confidence they can operate autonomously and within fair economic competition parameters
- Twitter (Facebook, others) can remove access at any time regardless of political standing
- Vendor lock-in; the internet and www should not belong to a few
During 2021, I am taking the time to assess what will become of the HazAlerts platform. Do know that I have been planning for a while concerning the direction of both the information and interactivity of HazAlerts well into the future.
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Noel Dixon @ HazAlerts®