Twitter continues 'war on clients'

Twitter's increasing clampdown on API usage, mostly relating to third party clients, continues to irk the industry. In the latest development, Kris Holt reported for The Daily Dot that Twitter itself had yet to adhere to its own display requirements. These state tweets must be displayed in a consistent manner across all Twitter-supporting apps – yet, Holt noted, Twitter's own TweetDeck app contradicts Twitter's rule regarding so-called 'timeline integrity': "Tweets that are grouped together into a timeline must not be rendered with non-Twitter content. e.g., comments, updates from other networks."

This latest blow follows last week's developer scramble. As reported by Matthew Panzarino for The Next Web, developers had assumed they had until 15 March 2013 to update their apps for Twitter v1.1 API compliance, but the deadline was in fact 5 October 2012. Panzarino said that the date was posted on Twitter's display requirements page, but not on its original and widely shared announcement that mentioned the March date. Because of this, developers have been caught short, including Tapbots, creators of popular client Tweetbot. Paul Haddad of Tapbots was quoted as saying the company required extra time to meet all of the guidelines, but this ran the risk of Twitter shutting off API access; however, he inferred Twitter was "willing to work with developers" over the coming weeks.

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