Twitter had just recently changed its logo from the old one to symbolize a new bird soaring up the sky. The soaring up might have also stood for Twitter’s desire of getting independent from other third-party services online.
Twitter is a service which has recently not been so friendly with the third-party developers who work with their micro-blogging platform. Now we see another change:
“Back in March of 2011, my colleague Ryan Sarver said that developers should not ‘build client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience,” Twitter’s Michael Sippey writes. “That guidance continues to apply as much as ever today. Related to that, we’ve already begun to more thoroughly enforce our [developer rules] with partners, for example with branding, and in the coming weeks, we will be introducing stricter guidelines around how the Twitter API is used.”
Reading in between the lines, what Twitter is saying is they no longer want companies leeching off the user base they have built. As Digital Trends puts it, Twitter’s post about “delivering consistent Twitter experience” has something more than what it shows prima facie.
The new change by Twitter sees Twitter no longer allowing third-party apps to access user feeds. This means your tweets now cannot be used by third-party applications (including LinkedIn); but you can still share your LinkedIn status and information with Twitter — just not the other way around any more. Twitter seems to be making the steps more strict for third-party developers and is drawing rage from some parts of the developer community. TwitPics, YFrogs, and UberTwitters are other famous third-parties that are going to be affected by the new stand of Twitter. (Note:
Some developers are saying that this action by Twitter has come in the wake of activity in Twitter rising steeply, with it getting to be one of the most used sharing platforms by the official class, webmasters, and developers. Some have also noted that this action has a chance of driving down the bird from soaring heights. Only time can tell what Twitter is going to end up with. Share your thoughts about Twitter’s stand in the comments below.
[via Digital Trends]