Twitter cancels its Chirp developer conference as part of a management transition – TechCrunch

Twitter is canceling its Chirp conference for developers as part of the leadership transition, the company announced Thursday evening. After Elon Musk took over the company last month, there have been several executive exits and leadership changes in the company’s product strategy. It’s no surprise, then, that the social network is abandoning plans to return the conference after more than a decade of hiatus.

In a tweet, Twitter’s official Developer Announcements account said the company is “working hard to make Twitter better for everyone, including developers” and may share news on the matter soon.

The company’s product development manager, Amir Shevat, didn’t provide any details on why the conference was canceled and just tweeted “Winds of change” in reaction to it.

In June, Twitter led by Parag Agarwal announced that it would bring the Chirp conference back in November. The company also opened a competition for developers to show off creative use cases of its new v2 API with prizes like $10,000 for winners in different categories and free enterprise-level access to the API for one year.

Twitter first hosted Chirp in 2010, but scrapped the event the following year. Although the platform had an intense relationship with developers over the past decade, it was trying to win back the community with new programs and an updated API. Additionally, the company opened API access to academic researchers last year.

Earlier this year, it launched a program called Twitter Toolbox, which highlighted certain third-party apps. At that time, Shevat also said the company was open to exploring models such as Twitter’s own app store.

Last week, Twitter opened new endpoints for directing messages through API v2 which allows third-party apps to provide a better DM experience to users.

It’s unclear what Twitter will look like for developers in the Musk era. Tesla’s CEO has repeatedly hinted at Twitter’s engineering, so developers hope they’ll have better access to the company’s tools.

There will be questions about what happens to products like Tweetdeck. The company began testing a new version last year in hopes of making it a paid product. Earlier this year, the findings of applications researcher Jane Manchun Wong suggested that Twitter could provide access to Tweetdeck through its Twitter Blue program. But since Musk is massively revamping the subscription program, there’s no way to be sure that Tweetdeck will fit in there.

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