A month after amending its API, Twitter once again plans to introduce a sweeping change that will affect a large number of companies that depend on the microblogging service. According to BuzzFeed, Twitter will soon stop supporting third-party image hosting services in all of its native apps.
Twitpic founder Noah Everett says he understands Twitter’s choice, though he wishes it were a different one. “They’re trying to control those eyeballs on their apps, they’re an ad-based company, they make money that way.” He says his site, the biggest of the bunch, gets a majority of its uploads from sources other than the official Twitter apps — a group, however, that includes uploads from 3rd-party Twitter clients, which account for about 23% of all tweets
John Herrman of BuzzFeed’s FWD says, this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise:
“The change is consistent with Twitter’s gradual transformation into a sort of hybrid platform/media company, and brings the service in line with its closest peers and competitors: images uploaded in Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram’s official apps are hosted on the companies’ respective servers.”
The change is consistent with company’s recent offensive against third-party developers and websites. Twitter had earlier dropped the name of the source applications from tweets as well on its web interface, official iOS & Android apps as well as Tweetdeck.
Other major changes from Twitter include modifications to its developers API, which was widely seen as a crackdown on third-party Twitter clients this however does not affect any integration with Sendible. The changes introduced include limits on the number of times client applications can call Twitter APIs, as well as a limit on the number of total users an application can have before it needs Twitter’s permission to continue.