Twitter’s developer community is huge. How big? Recently it was reported as being as large as 900,000 apps over 600,000 developers making about 13 billion API requests each and every day.

As I said: huge.

But things quickly change. Earlier this year, a series of strategic moves saw Twitter acquire some important third-party clients and re-brand them as official products, whilst flat-out blocking those of competitors, which began to unsettle the development industry. When the company then started telling developers that they should no longer be building apps that mimic the Twitter experience, things got really edgy. After all, they protested, many had invested time and resources into building a business that fundamentally depended on Twitter.

Relations soon reached a boiling point. And now, US regulators have begun an investigation into whether Twitter has unfairly disadvantaged those businesses and developers who had come to rely on the platform, and what, if anything, should be done about it.

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