Twitter has a full scale virtual protest on its hands after its recent announcement of its new API for developers. The changes and stricter rules that would be implemented have a big impact on Twitter’s third party ecosystem, causing some to rise up in arms.
One major change Twitter will make is updating its Display Guidelines to Display Requirements, a clear sign that Twitter clients have to follow their rules or have their app keys revoked. These apps should also be certified before they can be installed. Another change the company has implemented is the limited number of users that third party apps can have. Popular apps that grow to 200% of their current size would need to ask Twitter for the go signal before they can develop further.
The changes have resulted in a maelstrom of protests from developers, users and tech editors. Some, like Box CEO Aaron Levie, pointed out in a tweet that the new API “has more rules than North Korea.” The comment seems to have succinctly summed up how a lot of people feel since they have begun using hashtag #OccupyTwitter to make their displeasure with the new restrictions felt.
The new API changes in Twitter will indeed have a major impact and some fear that it is on its way to becoming a close company. How Twitter will move forward and work with their other developers still remains to be seen.