It’s been a week of no third party apps being able to access Twitter, and no real reason given until now. The new rules state you can’t use the Twitter API or Twitter content to create or attempt to create a substitute or similar service or product to the Twitter Applications.
In other words, the API is useless now, and cannot be used for what it was designed for – third party Twitter clients. It can only be used for tweet mining it looks like.
Twitter claims it’s enforcing long standing rules, but The Verge notes that the rules were changed after enforcement began. The Iconfactory principal’s blog has some choice words about this arbitrary decision which I’m not linking to but you can find it on The Verge’s link. Good read, but my advertising revenue tanks every time I link to anything with those words on it. TL;DR they cut off with no warning companies that have been working with Twitter and helping it for 16 years.
My guess is they’re very much attempting to funnel people into the $11 a month Twitter Blue line and can’t figure out that simply restricting access after a given number of API requests would be the way to go. Then again, I’m no rocket surgeon.[Ars Technica | MacRumors | engadget]