Earlier Twitter announced in a blog post that in the coming days it is going to enforce stricter guidelines with regards to the API. Michael Sippey in his post added that as always Twitter is working hard to make tools that would be easy for developers to build community features on their site in a consistent way. However he further added that,
“These efforts highlight the increasing importance of us providing the core Twitter consumption experience through a consistent set of products and tools. Back in March of 2011, my colleague Ryan Sarver said that developers should not “build client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience.” That guidance continues to apply as much as ever today. Related to that, we’ve already begun to more thoroughly enforce our Developer Rules of the Road with partners, for example with branding, and in the coming weeks, we will be introducing stricter guidelines around how the Twitter API is used.”
The message was a clear warning to its third party developer community which didn’t go down well. The warning goes out especially for the ones that are providing the same Twitter experience on mobile. Last year in the month of February, Twitter had blocked apps like UberSocial, Echofon,etc. on guidelines misuse. But it was also highlighted that the move was to cut the advertisement revenue being earned by these third party apps.
In continuation to this, LinkedIn later revealed in a blog post that the relationship between the two networks from 2009, which enabled sharing conversations, has come to an end. Ryan Roslansky further added in the blog post that,
“Tweets will no longer be displayed on LinkedIn starting later today. We know many of you value Twitter as an additional way to broadcast professional content beyond your LinkedIn connections. Moving forward, you will still be able to share your updates with your Twitter audience by posting them on LinkedIn.”
Ryan also made it clear in the blog post that the recent development is due to Twitter’s increasing focus on “providing the core Twitter consumption experience through a consistent set of products and tools”.
What does this mean to users?
As Ryan mentioned you can still share updates on both platforms. To do so, simply compose an update, check the box for Twitter account share and upon clicking on the “Share” button the content would be synched in both the platforms.
However, if you had previously synched your LinkedIn and Twitter accounts so that your Twitter feeds are displayed on LinkedIn, these feeds won’t be synched from now onwards. He further added that this change won’t bring any changes to the LinkedIn experience.
Disabling the ability to synch tweets on LinkedIn should be a temporary halt. I have a strong feeling that Twitter might be back with an authorized app that provides the same features. However, it would be interesting to see if Twitter does the same with those Facebook apps that synch tweets on brand pages. Will Twitter act the same way with Facebook as it has done with LinkedIn is something that would be revealed in the coming days.
This new move might disappoint some but there would be happy souls too; those who have appreciated this new development are the ones who were annoyed by the Twitter feed on their professional network. How has this change impacted you? Do share with us in the comments.