Tweeters the world over may have to adjust the way they go about populating the streams of Earth’s biggest micro-blog. Twitter has not so much declared war on third-party apps that allow you to update and manage your user experience, rather they’ve fired a warning shot.
Many of us use services such as TweetDeck, HootSuite, CoTweet and the like to effectively filter the content we are presented with, and keep us alerted to certain keywords and phrases. But with the massive surge in users and usage [over the last year the number of Tweets per day has grown from 48m to 140m], Twitter are now changing their policy and an advising would be Twitter client app builders to focus their efforts elsewhere.
This mooted change in policy has angered many, with the externally developed clients claiming that Twitter isn’t recognising the value they add to the service. Comments left on Ryan Sarver’s [Twitter’s coding chief] blog posting described the idea as “chilling”, while others paraphrased it as: “Thanks for getting so many people interested in Twitter. Now get lost”.