Twitter, on Thursday announced new rules for software developers restricting them from creating Twitter apps.
The new rules let users log in through officially sanctioned authentic Twitter programs while limiting the access to Twitter services by third-party clients.
Under its new rules, independent software developers who create new Twitter apps will only be allowed to have a maximum of 100,000 users. Existing apps with more than 100,000 users can double their user base before Twitter imposes a hard cap on user base.
Twitter believes it can provide more interactive content — and better serve ads and measure their performance — if the vast majority of its users use officially sanctioned programs to log into Twitter. But that approach has riled many software developers as well as users, many of whom favor independent clients like Hootsuite, Uber and Tweetbot over Twitter’s own products.
The new guidelines, which were published on Twitter’s blog on Thursday, attracted a torrent of criticism from “power-users” and software developers.