Twitter pulls its friend finding API from Instagram

Although we discovered today that Instagram’s userbase has hit the 80 million mark; the company may not be in a celebratory mood. Twitter has recently decided to limit the use of its API to applications and websites alike and as of today, the “Find friends from Twitter” feature has been removed. 

When attempting to find friends on Twitter, an error message reads:

Twitter no longer allows its users to access this information in Instagram via the Twitter API. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Posting images to Twitter still works, but finding friend does not because it apparently mimics the Twitter experience a little too much. Twitter plans on profiting more from its service by limiting the use of its API's. However, one can only wonder how it will do so, when it will let services feed into Twitter, but won’t let information leave the social network. Why would any developer want to invest in Twitters services if they can't have an equal exchange of information? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Source: Techcrunch

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At a guess, it sounds more to me like they're reducing the load on their service. LinkedIn also had various API access removed, including the one that posts Twitter posts to the LinkedIn news feed.

testman said,
At a guess, it sounds more to me like they're reducing the load on their service. LinkedIn also had various API access removed, including the one that posts Twitter posts to the LinkedIn news feed.

Well, you could always step up your architecture, but feature removals are the new "slick and enhanced"...

GS:ios

I don't like, or use Twitter.. but beside that, why would you limit a users experience.. it's not like Instagram was taking Twitter information, and then the user never had to use Twitter anymore..

Seems to me like Twitter is shooting itself in the foot.. not that it makes a difference unless someone else can more in, like FB or G+..