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Posted by on Aug 17, 2012 in Social Networks |

Twitter changes the rules of its API, developers shocked

Twitter changes the rules of its API, developers shocked

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For some time that Twitter is tightening its control over the developers who created from the platform, as many social network clients that exist for mobile phones, among others. Yesterday took a new grip strong enough and the developer community is not at all happy with the changes imposed by the social network of 140 characters.

The director of consumer products from Twitter, Michael Sippey, explained in the official blog that version 1.1 of the will give the company greater control over how and where to deploy and republican tweets, stating further limitations on the way can be designed tweets on third party applications.

The new version requires that anyone who uses the API is authenticated, places a limit on the number of requirements that a developer can make to the API, and makes major changes to the way that Twitter data can be used. Tweets must be made in the way that Twitter says, or else the company will remove the developer keys to use API. Customers that come pre-installed on mobile phones, will have to be explicitly approved by Twitter – or cancel the use of the API.

Perhaps most serious for is that there is a limit of user tokens. Developers creating new applications may only have up to 100,000 users. Applications that already exist and have over 100,000 users will be able to double the number of users who have today, but after that, can not add more. “Once we reach 200% of its current account users may continue to apply to serve their users, but can not add new users without our permission,” said Sippey.

When the new rules start working, Twitter will begin to hunt the application developers as Tweetbot, Echofon, and any other client that serves as a social network that basically replicate what the official Twitter application.

The changes appear to point to two things: control how you see the tweets – fundamental to insert advertising in the future – and to limit the flood of information that must be maintained. If the application meets the terms, you can control the amount of data you can access each developer.

According to Twitter, this does not mean they do not want to have more developers, but believe they are looking for services that Twitter does not deliver.

Link: Changes coming in version 1.1 of the Twitter API (Twitter developers)

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