With Twitter's changes to its API, announced yesterday, the API as we knew it is effectively dead. 

Here's why it's a bad idea... 

Things created by Twitter:


A selection of the things created by everyone else:

@ mentions
Direct Messages
The Fail Whale
Embedding Tweets
The Twitter iOS and Mac apps

Maximilian Tatton-Brown

Published 17 August, 2012 by Maximilian Tatton-Brown

Max Tatton-Brown is Founding Director of Augur, and writes about what's next in the world of technology, marketing and startups. He is a contributor to Econsultancy. Follow him on Twitter or Google Plus

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Comments (5)


Tim Whitlock

I'm all for brevity, but it's a complex issue.

Twitter totally snookered themselves by offering such an open API that they generated their own competitors. By comparison Facebook never made that mistake. Now they can't protect themselves without looking like a bully.

I think the statement that 'the API as we knew it is dead' is an exaggeration at this point though.

almost 6 years ago



The changes the author laments affect developers. Twitter has been transparent about its desire to deliver value to users who generate revenue - developers are clearly seen as potential competitors.

almost 6 years ago


Lee Mac

I understand what Twitter's API is, but this article didnt expand beyond its opinionated title.

almost 6 years ago

Maximilian Tatton-Brown

Maximilian Tatton-Brown, Founding Director, Augur at Augur

You know when you have a good idea but it doesn't quite come off? That...

Thanks for the comments guys, think I might write this up again but elaborating a bit more on each feature that the community created. Could be more valuable!

almost 6 years ago

Andrew Nicholson

Andrew Nicholson, Founder at The Guku

Made the point nicely though @Maximilian

almost 6 years ago

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