Twitter has clipped its’ wings
The avid user of Twitter may have already experienced Twitter is no longer playing-nice with other apps.
Twitter has undergone a process to change its API (Application Programming Interface), along with closing off how third-party apps send, receive and display data on their end.
And apps that reach 100,000 users are capped.
You might be asking yourself. What does this have to do with me?
This really doesn’t concern the public much, other than the fact that it is hard to search for friends on Tumblr, LinkedIn and Instagram. If you have experienced this head ache, I understand your anger.
That’s not the big issue. The more pressing questions lie on the power users and the developers of third-party utilities
There are developers stating that Twitter will continuously work their existing clients and that the majority of the app will be unchanged. This will still throttle the creation of new apps built around a Twitter client.
The main purpose of this would have to be, drum-roll please. You guessed It. MONEY, ah the all might dollar.
Twitter wants to keep the Twitter clients consistent and push ads equally throughout all of Twitter.
This is a pretty weird statement when you consider back in June, Twitter blogged that developers should not “build client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience.”
100,000 is the magic number?
For some reason you can only have 100,000 users on any newly developed app. Any current apps over 100,000 are supposedly protected, but you never know.
If you are close to topping that number you can ask Twitter for special permission.
This will affect more than just Twitter streams, it will also cut apps that tap into the ecosystem like the aggregation tool Storify or the “what you did a year ago” webapp Timehop, that top 100,000 users.
The other main concern is links. In magazine-style apps like Flipboard, you could get the full Twitter experience without Twitter making advertisement dollars.
Not all developers are certain of their intentions as many letters have been sent to the FTC, requesting an investigation into a possible antitrust issue. You have to ask this question as Twitter is forcing other apps out of the game.
The versatility and freedom of Twitter was once very attractive attributes that are now getting clipped!
So will this affect users?
You tell us!