Twitter Decides to Play Big brother; Issues Strict API Rules for App Developers


Twitter Decides to Play Big brother; Issues Strict API Rules for App Developers


Social networking tweet site Twitter has finally decided to curb down third party application developers who are coming out with customer facing twitter apps like Tweetbot. These restrictions would come as part of new API version 1.1. Twitter officially unveiled these changes as part of their effort to prevent application developers in stealing the show. However, the company sources clarified that they would like to encourage developers to bring out apps around analytics and social CRM.

User Limits

The prime restriction coming as part of the new guidelines from Twitter is the limit in the number of users. Now app developer can have a maximum limit of 100,000 users only and if there are apps with a user base of more than 100,000 already, then they will be allowed to extend it up to 200, 000. However, if the apps need to support more than that, they have to officially take permission from Twitter.

Limitation in API calls and Display Requirements

In addition to user limits, app develops also need to have permission from Twitter to access their API’s. Twitter is also restricting the number of API calls which can be made in an hour. All these restrictions are going to enforce app developers to work closely with Twitter and work in a more authorized and controlled manner while developing twitter apps. Twitter is also putting guidelines on display characteristics so that users can have a consistent experience across apps which work with Twitter. These requirements will be enforced across mobile and web apps.

Need for Certificates

There are restrictions in line for mobile app developers too. Those who are developing apps which can be pre-installed in mobile headsets, they have to get them certified by Twitter before commercial shipment of the apps.

Twitter has confirmed that these restrictions and changes will come into effect over the next few weeks. Applications developers can take up to six months to get their apps compliant to these new guidelines issued by Twitter.

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