Twitter is tightening up the rules for developers that want to get their apps supported on its pages, including capping the numbers of users that can sign up to services similar to the micro-blog's.
Michael Sippey, Twitter's director of consumer content, said that currently the Twitter API gives developers access to endpoints without asking their applications for authentication. He said that this gives them access to public information without giving Twitter access to them. This will stop, he explained.
"To prevent malicious use of the Twitter API and gain an understanding of what types of applications are accessing the API in order to evolve it to meet the needs of developers, it's important to have visibility into the activity on the Twitter API and the applications using the platform," he said.
"In version 1.1 [of the developer requirements], we will require every request to the API to be authenticated."
In short, the new guidelines say: play by our rules or get out. Sippey is getting developers ready for the changes that he said would include "strict" reinforcement. As an example of how strict the changes are, the word 'guidelines' has been changed to 'requirements'.
Developers will have to meet 16 strict requirements under the new rules and have six months in which to change to the new Twitter way of doing things.
Any developers with apps that ape what Twitter does, like Tweetbot and Echofon, are likely to suffer the worst from the changes and the post says that the number of people who are allowed to use them to post to Twitter will be capped.
"Nearly 18 months ago, we gave developers guidance that they should not build client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience," said Sippey.
"And to reiterate what I wrote in my last post, that guidance continues to apply today."
Apps like the above will have their users capped at 200,000 if they are already at more than 100,000, and will need to ask Twitter for special permission if they want, or need, to increase this number.
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