This just in from InsideFacebook:
Twitter already has an official Facebook integration that lets users post tweets to their profiles and friends’ News Feeds. It does not share retweets or @replies. An Open Graph app could leverage Ticker, allowing retweets and replies to appear in the lightweight feed and other tweets to show in News Feed. This would be similar to how Spotify publishes individual song listens to Ticker but puts stories about users listening to artists, albums and playlists in News Feed.
The Inside Facebook goes on to discuss how integrating with the Open Graph would allow tweets to have a dedicated section of timeline’s designated for them. Check out Twittus, an unofficial app that does this already.
I don’t disagree with Brittany Darwell’s approach per se. However, I have another point of view: why would Twitter cede the “open graph” space across the entire Internet to Facebook? Why not directly compete with Facebook’s Open Graph in some way? While Twitter doesn’t have the ability to directly compete with Facebook purely on its merits and capabilities, plenty of large Web players would back Twitter if it could provide a Facebook alternative for carrying one’s social identity across the Internet.
Many people love the adage “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” If I was Twitter, my motto would be “if you can’t beat ’em , beat ’em anyway.”