When you sign up for a site like Tumblr, the first thing that you do after the registration process is find your friends from your existing social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter. However, the option to find your Twitter friends is no more to be supported on Tumblr. And yes, this is disappointing.
The popular social networking site Twitter has decided to revoke the friend-finding privilege from Tumblr, and this is perhaps the worst that Tumblr could expect. In a statement the company said that this move from Twitter is very upsetting even after being one of Twitter’s first partners.
To our dismay, Twitter has restricted our users’ ability to “Find Twitter Friends” on Tumblr. Given our history of embracing their platform, this is especially upsetting. Our syndication feature is responsible for hundreds of millions of tweets, and we eagerly enabled Twitter Cards across 70 million blogs and 30 billion posts as one of Twitter’s first partners. While we’re delighted by the response to our integrations with Facebook and Gmail, we are truly disappointed by Twitter’s decision.
The removal of friend-finding from Tumblr was noticed by Matt Buchanan, who tweeted “before” and “after” screenshots of the website’s “Find people you know” page:
Last month, Twitter delivered a similar blow to Instagram by disabling the “Find Twitter Friends” feature. Twitter, at that time, in repose to Instagram’s removal stated that “We understand that there’s great value associated with Twitter’s follow graph data, and we can confirm that it is no longer available within Instagram.”
Some Twitter employees appear disappointed with the decision. Immediately after the news broke out, Nick Bilton of The New York Times’ tweeted, “I don’t think people understand that Twitter is a start-up that has to make money, not a non-profit-up.” In reply to this, Twitter engineer Alex Choi replied, “I wholeheartedly agree, but this @tumblr business just stinks.