Everyone shaded Twitter when it first appeared. It was perceived as a fringe microblogging platform. “Techies posting about their breakfast,” they hissed. Now, it’s a mega-force in the mainstream. Haters stay pressed.
Any technological success we see these days, however, face the same problem once it’s successful. It’s free. That’s why Twitter’s API change was so controversial. As if the losing drag queen in a ballroom competition, developers raged.