Twitter Makes New Rules for Developers

Twitter said it is encouraging developers to build apps that fall into the upper-left, lower-left and lower-right areas of the graph above.

From The New York Times:

The relationship between Twitter and developers who build apps linked to Twitter has been a bit rocky for some time. A year ago, Twitter warned that stricter rules and regulations were coming to people who built apps on the company’s platform.

On Thursday, Twitter finally disclosed — albeit in a very technical and confusing way — how it plans to tighten up those rules.

In a blog post on the company’s developer blog, Michael Sippey, Twitter’s director of product, said the company would specifically begin instrumenting stricter guidelines for its application programming interface, or A.P.I.

From a business standpoint, Twitter’s decision to limit the use of the A.P.I. is an attempt to rationalize and control its business. Last year, Twitter said that there were more than 1 million registered applications using Twitter. Managing and delivering Twitter messages to all of those clients likely costs Twitter millions of dollars in computing costs. It also employs an army of engineers who are responsible for managing the platform.

Developers probably aren’t going to be thrilled with all the new rules. Aaron Levie, the chief executive of Box, tweeted Thursday, “Twitter’s API has more rules than North Korea.”

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