I have built a web-based service (for the past 1 year) - http://welshare.com, but today I read these two articles: http://mashable.com/2012/01/17/twitter-proxlet/, http://mashable.com/2011/03/12/twitter-api-clients/ and I wondered if I should invest more time in popularizing my app, or I will get shut down as soon as I get more than 10 active users. I have read the terms of service, FAQ, guidelines, etc., but since I’m not a lawyer (and even if I were…), I’m not sure if welshare is an offender, a potential offender, or is fine. Here are the things I think might be problematic:
- Since I’m providing a sort-of unified interface to multiple networks, the button that retweets a message is not called “retweet”. Because, in addition to retweeting, it sends the message to other networks as well. So it’s called “like” (a more generic term)
- I offer the feature to filter out messages. For example I currently personally filter all links from 4sq, and hashtags that become viral, but I’m not interested in.
- I offer an option to hide long conversations from a given user (it is quite annoying when two users chat on twitter and you are not at all interested in their conversation)
- There’s an option to set a threshold to users - their messages get filtered unless they are retweeted at least X times. That way you get just the best of your spammy friends
- You can import your tweets into welshare. That way you can use an efficient search on them.
For the first option, if it is absolutely mandatory, I can change the text to “retweet” (thus breaking the ‘unification’). The rest are just nice-to-have features which arose from my daily twitter usage.
Another questions that arose from my read of the terms - is it OK to display tweets, facebook and linkedIn posts in the same stream (as long as they have an indicator of their origin)?
I’d be glad if I get an answer, depending on which I’ll either continue developing the service, or I’ll just use it as my private tool.