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Twitter blocking sites 'that don’t make money'

social-media Updated: Sep 04, 2012 13:42 IST

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Twitter is planning to block access for third party developers, which run on the micro blogging platform, but do not make any money for it.

This means that parody sites and apps that run on the social networking site will soon disappear.

Now, Twitter will only issue a ‘sign in’ button to websites and apps that are paying to use its data.

According to, unauthorised and unauthenticated posts won''t any longer be allowed on the site.

The developer of parody site, Klouchebag, Tom Scott told News Ltd that commercialising how people connect to Twitter may make good business sense, but blocking of the developers and apps that helped to boost its popularity was a betrayal.

“Coming from a company that used to thrive on openness, and whose initial push to success was by the techies who built interesting, small projects, it just seems rude", the report quoted Scott, as saying.

Klouchebag is a popular website that parodies ‘Klout’, a site that claims to be able to measure your online influence.

Dan Nolan, a Sydney app developer who co-designed a Twitter app called Retweets, which let you measure how many times your tweets had been retweeted around the world, said Twitter had cut out anyone that created original work that could not be monetised in favour of selling user data to the highest bidder.

“It''s all about data mining the firehose Twitter has provided to partners for profit. Twitter has decided to control the way people connect to it and in doing so, is creating a path to shut down apps they don''t like,” he said.