Sorry Twitterati, another long status so you’re going to have to click because I’m not scrimping for characters. I get that people want to snarkily subtweet certain members of the blind community over Twitter’s API changes, but writing this off as no big deal undermines your point. The documented and undocumented changes that have been rolling out over the last month or so are causing third-party developers a lot of headaches, along with social media managers and people who run small businesses. And some of us are blind.


  • Absolutely *some* are blind. Part of the problem is a lot of this movement by those in the blind community has been “poor little old me.” But it isn’t just about “the blind.” It’s about a change that a company is making in order to impact their bottom line. It’s fine to complain about it. But to think that it only impacts the blind community is short-sighted at best. It also waters down the complaint. In the end, accessibility isn’t being lost. In the end, what’s being lost is a few conveniences. We are not going back into the dark ages. We will adjust – both blind and sighted – to the new changes Twitter is implementing. Could Twitter have handled this differently/better? Absolutely! But we’ve seen that whining about how much this inconveniences the blind community has done literally nothing. Time to move on.

    • Hi Ruthie,

      You wrote:

      In the end, what’s being lost is a few conveniences.

      To be fair, I can’t think of anyone off the top of my head in the blind community who has claimed that these changes, (and there are multiple changes, some of which have been completely undocumented), are effecting *only the blind community, just that the blind community is going to be particularly effected, and I think they have a point, even if I’m not willing to go as far as putting it down to discrimination, as some have. But more to the excerpt I quoted above, these are conveniences if neither of the following are true:

      1. You depend on Twitter as part of your job, such as a platform for networking or keeping up with industry happenings
      2. You are a content manager who is responsible for managing multiple Twitter accounts, (this one isn’t related specifically to the streaming API going away but to other changes that have taken place over the last few months),

      God I love HTML because I can create lists without typing numbers.

      Anyway, thanks for your comment, andthanks for being respectful. If you want, you can also reply to the copy of this on Twitter, (the status from which you clicked the link), and those replies will come back here as well. Whichever is easiest.



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