Posts Tagged ‘Twitter developers’
Twitter has apparently been shutting down companies that access its API to publish the size of Twitter’s user-base.
Users of Twitter apps can breathe a little easier now, as Twitter has enforced stricter security rules for app developers.
You can check for yourself – while Instagram links are still coming through, the images are no longer viewable inside Twitter (specifically, Twitter’s “cards”, which are tweets that expand to display rich media within the tweet). Instead, you have to click on the link, which will load up in a separate window.
Yep: your life just got twice as hard.
Back in September Twitter released a major revision to their API guidelines for third party app developers, which – in case you didn’t hear – ruffled quite a few feathers.
The biggest stickler was a new limit on user tokens, which was set at 100,000 per third party client. This means that apps “replicating the core Twitter experience” can now support a maximum of 100,000 users before getting into trouble with Twitter. Developers were told that they had until March 2013 to comply.
Or so we thought. Because over the weekend, popular Windows Twitter app Tweetro breached these API limitations – and was immediately “crippled” by Twitter.
In a move that will further irk an already uncomfortable and increasingly disillusioned developer community, Twitter appears poised to remove all third party image uploading services from its official apps on the iPhone, iPad, Android and other platforms, says Buzzfeed, citing “a person who was briefed on the company’s plans”.
(Why is it always him?)
Currently, there are six alternatives to Twitter’s internal photo sharer on the iPhone app – yFrog, Twitpic, Mobypicture, Twitgoo, img.ly and Posterous – but come the next update there may be just one.
Last month, Twitter shut down the Find Friends feature on Instagram, which let users of the latter service find and follow their Twitter contacts at the click of a button. Of course, this decision came a month after Twitter severed ties with LinkedIn.
Now, Twitter has pulled the plug on a similar feature on Tumblr, which really begs the question: which platform, or platforms, are next in Twitter’s sights?
All of your users are ultimately Twitter’s users as well. However, they choose to use your applications for various reasons from preferring your user experience over Twitter’s own to features you offer that can’t be found elsewhere to not having other options on their desired handset/OS/language. In many cases they have voted with their wallets, preferring to purchase your app or pay for your monthly service over using Twitter’s free apps and services. Yes, paying customers expect support, but they are also less likely to move on to something else and lose their investment in money and time.
Twitter’s #devnest conference began in San Francisco yesterday, and the company has shared some pretty amazing stats that reveal just how large the Twitter ecosystem has become, how rapidly the platform continues to expand and the vast impact being made by independent developers around the world.
There was a lot of huff as the one-year anniversary of Twitter’s inaugural Chirp Developer Conference came and went without a word from the company as to when (or if) there would be another one. And while it looks like they won’t be doing something quite that big this year, they are sending a message to their developers that they still care: they’re hosting a small #devnestSF tweetup at their offices in San Francisco in May, and will be setting up more of these around the US and the world in the near future.