Twitter is finally offering something more to developers. Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter, announced that the social network will now allow developers to earn their living by creating apps using its toolkit.
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Named Fabric, Twitter‘s toolkit comes with crash reporting – through CrashLytics – and MoPub, an ad exchange network. This is the first official attempt by the social network to compete directly with Facebook (and Google). The platform is designed to work with Apple’s Xcode and all the major Android’s IDEs.
It also supports modular app creation, offering developers the option to add and remove kits as their app expands. What’s interesting, is that for this reason, Twitter has also debuted a new Twitter login feature that will let people log into applications and services with their Twitter credentials instead of creating new username/password IDs for each one.
Apart from that, Fabric will offer the choice to log into an app using the user’s mobile phone number. This implementation is offered through Digits module that binds the phone number with the Twitter identity of a specific user. With Digits, people can interact with an application without having to download the app; it’s already used by McDonald’s to inform follower about offers via text messages.
Will Fabric appeal to developers? What’s your opinion?