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Twitter to Devs: No More Twitter Clients, Please

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Mar 13, 2011, 8:14 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Twitter recently issued a letter to its developer community about the future of the applications that are used by people across various platforms to access and interact with Twitter. The gist of the letter suggests that Twitter is unhappy with the uneven user experience across all the different applications and platforms. Therefore, moving forward, it doesn't want any new third-party applications developed for Twitter. It said, "Twitter will provide the primary mainstream consumer client experience on phones, computers, and other devices by which millions of people access Twitter content (tweets, trends, profiles, etc.), and send tweets." The company said that many of the third-party clients violate its terms of use, especially regarding end-user privacy. Twitter says that existing developers of Twitter applications will be allowed to continue to refine their applications, but will be held to a high standard, especially with respect to the user experience, terms of service, and user privacy. The end result sought by Twitter is for there to be a less fragmented experience for people who use Twitter.

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Mar 14, 2011, 8:31 PM

I wouldn't use Twitter without Tweetdeck and Plume

I know I'm not the only one. Twitter's native apps suck, and I don't like the way their normal website works.

Twitter is a really useful tool, but only because the third party apps let it be.

Mar 13, 2011, 8:31 PM


Twitter wants 100% control over the users.
lol i was thinking the same thing.

their official app is okay. not perfect, but ok.
and whats wrong with that? any bad exp consumers would get from using this apps may cause bad rep for twitter so i dont think them having control about how apps function is a bad thing..to be honest im kinda leary about using third party apps because ...
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