Twitter cuts off Tumblr, worries devs

A Michael Sippey-bylined post on the Twitter dev blog recently outlined changes to the Twitter API, noting that it wanted to "limit certain use cases" that occupied the upper-right quadrant of it usage matrix – the bit that had crossover between 'engagement' and 'consumer'. The other sections: business focus and analytics. In other words, Twitter now wants to make money, and to do that it's becoming an ads platform and needs control of the Twitter experience and to not be so open with its social graph.

Twitter recently restricted access to social rivals LinkedIn and Instagram. Last night, BuzzFeed's Matt Buchanan noted on Twitter that Tumblr is the latest service to have access to Twitter connections revoked, presumably due to the way it somewhat rivals the service from a microblogging perspective. As reported by The Next Web, Twitter engineer Alex Choi said the decision "just stinks" and ex-Tumblr employee Marco Arment said that it "looks like some serious bullshit on Twitter's part". He thought this latest move suggested Twitter would now "only permit large services to add value to Twitter, not get any value from it".

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