There have been a slew of high-profile apps disconnecting from Twitter in recent weeks thanks to the company’s recent tightening of its API guidelines. And the latest app on the chopping block? News.me.
News.me is probably best known for its recent acquisition of link-aggregation site Digg this past July. The company also has an iPhone and iPad apps that pull in news links throughout the day and display them in a Twitter-like format… or at least they had these apps.
Cnet reports that News.me has announced the discontinuation of both their iPhone and iPad apps, and they’re blaming Twitter.
Specifically, News.me was burned by Twitter’s new display requirements, which state that an app must display tweets in a certain way. News.me’s Jake Levine explains on the company’s blog:
“A few months ago, Twitter started building products to help people discover news. This move did not come as much of a surprise to us, but it put Twitter squarely in the category of “competitor” to News.me. When Twitter rolled out its latest API guidelines, the News.me apps were deemed to be in violation of the new Display Requirements. We had a decision to make: invest meaningful resources in the News.me apps to meet the new Requirements, or pull the apps from the App Store.
Here’s what it comes down to: we don’t want to invest time and energy into an application that competes with a platform on which it relies.”
The Display Requirements that Levine refers to requires developers to show tweets in a consistent manner: linking to the author’s profile, displaying the correct tweet actions (like retweet, favorite, etc), and showing tweets that are tailored the device the user is using.
Twitter’s new rules have also cut off the likes of digital information organization tool IFTTT, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Tumblr, not to mention a whole host of smaller apps. News.me’s challenges are unfortunate for the company, but they’re definitely not new. You can bet plenty more app makers will feel the squeeze of Twitter’s tighter API guidelines in the coming months.
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