Twitter: new rules for developers

Michael Sippey at Twitter (@sippey) has blogged about the forthcoming changes to the Twitter API.

For developers working with the API these are important changes.   The Boston quadrant is particularly significant.

Twitter's Boston Quadrant: Avoid the top right


It is worth listening to what Sippey says there: “we’re trying to encourage activity in the upper-left, lower-left and lower right quadrants, and limit certain use cases that occupy the upper-right quadrant.”   In other words, bring your rich media to us, we want to own that bit.  Don’t build clients or consumer-facing products, build B2B analytics, support businesses integrating with CRM, work in verticals.

It makes sense if Twitter can improve the horrible timeline experience (too much noise, too few ways of filtering or time-shifting the experience) which they have started to do by daily emails.


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