Twitter Tells Developers: Stop Making Third-Party Twitter Apps

March 14th, 2011 at 6:59 am

After suspending and re-allowing third-party Twitter apps like UberSocial, Twitter finally makes a stand about ending its relationship with many third-party apps. Such a move severs Twitter’s bond with developers who have made the social networking site popular and influential.

“Developers ask us if they should build client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience. The answer is no,” wrote Twitter’s platform/ API head Ryan Sarver in an official statement that sounds unappreciative to the developers.

Sarver hinted that the demise of these third-party apps would not be a loss on their part. “According to our data, 90% of active Twitter users use official Twitter apps on a monthly basis,” he continued.

“Our user research shows that consumers continue to be confused by the different ways that a fractured landscape of third-party Twitter clients display tweets and let users interact with core Twitter functions.”

Apart from the suspensions, Twitter last week has also issued a new rule that banned third-party apps from capturing and redistributing Twitter contents, even if it is in the name of academic and research purposes.

Source: SlashGear


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