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Changes to Twitter API anger developers

By piranha

29th August 2012

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

The changes affect third-party applications. They mean that any new app aiming to serve over 100,000 users must get 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 the changes will not have an immediate impact on users, developers were critical. They 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 (used by traditional client applications) or 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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