Michael Sippey on Twitter’s Developer Blog:
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.
They really need to stop with the weird language aimed at developers. This is people’s livelihoods we’re talking about. Even looking past that, forcing users to utilize Twitter’s own tools would require that they be regularly updated; which we all know they aren’t.