Much has been made of Twitter’s increasingly rocky relationship with third party API developers, not helped by some historical inconsistencies in the company’s policy towards external clients, particularly when much of what we know and love about Twitter was created by people outside of the company (including users).

Despite what some are seeing as a veiled threat, many believe that Twitter would never completely cut themselves off from third party, non-official apps and clients simply because the backlash would be enormous. I mean, all those HootSuite, Tweetbot and Echofon fans would go nuts, right?

Perhaps. Perhaps not. It really boils down to one pretty basic question: how many people use Twitter’s own apps?

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