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New Twitter Guidelines Limit App Developers

Twitter has plans to update to its platform to Version 1.1 and in doing so will limit the potential output of developers who create apps for Twitter.

The changes, which will be rolled out in the coming weeks, include “required authentication on every API endpoint,” “a new per-endpoint rate-limiting methodology,” and  changes to the company’s ”Developer Rules of the Road, especially around applications that are traditional Twitter clients.” One significant difference is that developers will need Twitter’s permission for an app that requires more than 100,000 individual user tokens.

Michael Sippey, director of consumer product on Twitter, announced the news in a blog post yesterday evening. Here is more from the post: “We will not be shutting down client applications that use those endpoints and are currently over those token limits. If your application already has more than 100,000 individual user tokens, you’ll be able to maintain and add new users to your application until you reach 200% of your current user token count (as of today) — as long as you comply with our Rules of the Road. Once you reach 200% of your current user token count, you’ll be able to maintain your application to serve your users, but you will not be able to add additional users without our permission.”

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