Twitter sets max user caps for 3rd party clients, tightens API rules to direct users to official apps

via The Next Web

There’s no way to sugar coat it. These changes effectively kill off the growth of the third-party ecosystem as we know it. Twitter wants people to be using its official apps and seeing tweets exactly as they’re displayed both there and on the web version of Twitter. This has a lot to do with features like Twitter cards and advertisements, which in turn have a lot to do with Twitter’s partnerships with media companies and brands.


This is a pretty crappy move by Twitter. They basically just killed a lot of nascent development work and screwed some established companies. Twitter wants its users to use its official apps instead of third parties. But if Twitter had made any significant UX improvements between, oh, 2009 and now, they wouldn’t be in this position to begin with. 

Twitter let third parties use their api and then saw those companies turn their data and platform it into something ultimately more usable and useful that the original. But Twitter can do what it wants with its own api, I suppose. And ultimately they can decide to take their ball and go home. 

Twitter sets max user caps for 3rd party clients, tightens API rules to direct users to official apps

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