Twitter: Get Off My API

Mar 12, 2011 by

Twitter API TOSExtremely popular social networking site Twitter changed its API’s terms of service to basically disallow third-party Twitter clients.

The Twitter API Terms of Service, found here, starts with the Developer Rules of the Road.

The Developer Rules of the Road starts as follows:

More specifically, developers ask us if they should build client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience.  The answer is no.

What this basically means, is that all Twitter apps currently in existence are fine, but Twitter is now discouraging the creation of new Twitter clients, to promote their own Twitter clients. Such a move allowing them to show you advertising on your mobile device, usually not included in third party applications.

What sparked this off, is the Quickbar, added to Twitter 3.3, which quickly received the name “dickbar” for intruding tweets and showing the occasional promoted trend. Now obviously, third party applications don’t include the Quickbar, and to Twitter, that means those applications must go. Or at least should stop being made.

The dickbar, which is so hated that developer chpwn has made a tweak for Cydia removing it. It’s hashtag #dickbar, is still being used frequently to this date, days after the Twitter for iPhone application added this.

This API TOS change has sparked a new hashtag, #dickmove, and you can expect that to trend and cause controversy as well.

Oh well, Twitter. It’s your choice, #dickhead.

(via The Next Web)