Developers Hitting Twitter API Wall – Hard

Third-party app developers have been hitting that Twitter API wall – hard.

And it has given rise to a new post category here at AllTwitter: the Twitter API Limit Death Watch.

We joke, but this is serious stuff for developers – and for Twitter.

The microblogging platform seems to be standing alone lately as it feuds with Instagram, defends itself in court against PeopleBrowsr and ticks off developers left and right.

Though we’re not sure why – developers continue to be surprised when they reach the 100,000 token limit and Twitter cuts them off. The latest addition to that list is Tweetro.

Electronista reports the the developer sent an email to customers complaining “that Twitter’s limit of 100,000 users per third-party app has “completely crippled” the software, despite being told by Twitter that it would not enforce Oauth token limits until March next year.”

According to the e-mail, received by Windows Observer, the app has received an average of 3 to 4 thousand downloads per day, and has had over 200,000 downloads since Tweetro launched as a “Release Preview.” As users cannot get past the Oauth screen, the company is now considering pulling the app from the Windows Store until a solution is reached. Lazyworm is also considering adding more to the app and releasing it as a paid application, since the 100,000 user limit forces the small company to “justify development via financial means,” instead of enjoying the exposure a high userbase provides.

We’re often sympathetic to the plight of developers, but this seems like someone didn’t plan ahead and is now calling ‘no fair.’

We’re surprised at app developers’ surprise because Twitter has been pretty clear about its intentions – and has consistently communicated how serious they are about sticking to them. Twitter even recently created this handy calendar to help developers keep track of it all.

So what gives? If developers aren’t in compliance with these new restrictions or when they hit these token or call limits, what do they expect?

And what do you think they should expect?

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@MaryCLong Mary C. Long is Chief Ghost at Digital Media Ghost. She writes about everything online and is published widely, with a focus on privacy concerns, specifically social sabotage.
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