Twitter changed the game with their new rules that significantly limit the usage of their API. Much has been written about that but nobody actually asked some very important questions that I’m curious about.
A “redirect” means a server sends special instructions (header) to the browser to let it know where it should go. This means there are 4 different requests, to 4 different servers just to get to the desired URL, and one more to actually load it (one less if you are not on mobile). Imagine some of the servers are down or are responding slowly. That makes opening a single link, which is at the core of the web, a very slow action. Just because of a bad combination of tools.
2012 came, and social networks are still omnipresent. Here are some educated guesses about them in 2012. I wouldn't call these predictions because I don't have hard data to support them, but from my point of view of a social startup founder, they seem very likely