Twitter Adds a Glass Ceiling For App Developers

By Connor Simpson, The Atlantic Wire.com:

The biggest takeaway from Twitter’s new API announcement is they’re trying to phase out third-party clients eventually, but for now they’re just setting a glass ceiling to stop them from growing.

On Thursday evening, Twitter unveiled the guidelines for the new API they’re calling V1.1. Most of the additions are under-the-hood changes that only developers will care about, but buried at the bottom is the way Twitter’s really changing the way we, the users, consume our Tweets. They’re imposing a cap on the number of users a third-party app can have. If an app wants more than 100,000 user tokens — or, more than 100,000 people using their product — then they have to ask for special permission. Per Twitter’s company blog… Read more

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