Posted on
August 29th, 2012

Changes to Twitter angers developers

Following Twitter’s recent overhaul of its API (Application Programming Interface), changes to Twitter’s rules have caused an angry reaction from both developers and users of the social network site.

The changes affect third-party applications and mean that any new app aiming to serve over 100,000 users must obtain specific permission from Twitter before going ahead. If an app already has over 100,000 users then it is allowed to increase by 200% before it has to seek permission from Twitter to expand further.

Although it is not expected that these changes will have an immediate impact on users, they have been severely criticised by developers, who believe that the development of innovative products will be stifled.

Twitter says the new rules aim to “deliver a consistent Twitter experience”. Michael Sippey, director of consumer product for Twitter wrote “If you are building a Twitter client application that is accessing the home timeline, account settings or direct messages API endpoints (typically used by traditional client applications) or are using our User Streams product, you will need our permission if your application will require more than 100,000 individual user tokens (individual users)”

Twitter is not alone in its decision to impose such restrictions – last year Google brought in new charges for companies who made heavy use of Google maps.

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