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Twitter Shuts Down JSON API and Names New CEO 104

An anonymous reader writes: This month Twitter is closing down the JSON endpoint API which thousands of third-party software and plugin developers have depended upon for years. The alternative Rest API offers data which is aggregated or limited in other ways, whilst the full-featured share data offered by Gnip (purchased last year by Twitter) can cost developers thousands per month to access — in one case up to £20,000 a month. The general objective seems to be to either drive users back to the core Twitter interface where they can be monetized via the social network's advertising, or to regain lost advertising by converting open source data — currently utilized a lot in scientific research — into premium information, offering the possibility for well-funded organizations to gain reputations as Twitter barometers without ever needing to expose the expensive, accurate share figures. The company also announced today that co-founder Jack Dorsey would be the new CEO.
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Twitter Shuts Down JSON API and Names New CEO

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  • Where's Gnop?

    Yeah... I'm old.

    • Similar vein. Gnop was Pong clone, Gnip is just Ping backwards.

      • Indeed. There was an old game from the 70s that was called, "GNIP GNOP". Obviously, they were playing on "Ping Pong". heh

        https://boardgamegeek.com/boar... [boardgamegeek.com]

        • Hell yes. I had one. I was so excited when I opened the package I started jumping up and down and landed on it. Dad glued it back together but it was never the same.
          • I started jumping up and down and landed on it. Dad glued it back together but it was never the same.

            If you were female I would think I'd just found my soulmate.

            I managed to step on mine within 2 minutes of opening the box. Crunch. The End.

            I got over it, but still....

            • HA! Extra funny that both of you managed to break your game immediately after opening them. :-)

              • HA! Extra funny that both of you managed to break your game immediately after opening them. :-)

                They sold millions of them, so our little club is probably larger than we realize. There might be hundreds of us clumsy-footed fools out there. lol

  • Twits.
  • Twitter Shuts Down JSON API and Names New CEO

    Maybe they should have tried it the other way round.

  • Almost never used it, and they're about to learn a hard, hard lesson.

    • Almost never used it, and they're about to learn a hard, hard lesson.

      Agreed.....and agreed.

      Twitter Dev #1: "Hey guys, how can we fuck shit up today?"
      Twitter Dev #2: What if we shut some shit down without almost no warning?"
      Twitter Dev #1: "Awesome!"
      Twitter Dev #2: "Party ON, dude!" (guitar riff plays)

      • I'm sure the devs had precisely dick to do with it.

        Money, people. Follow the money.

        Prior CEO was ejected for failing to monetize the platform.

        New CEO brought on board with explicit directions to monetize the platform, or else.

        Free data tap turned off. Only watering holes left are poorer quality, with promises of premium watering holes for premium prices later.

        Mission Accomplished. Cash cow now being fully milked. And the millions of cows will go for it.

        It was never about the geeks, and if geeks could do coo

  • At this rate (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ThatsNotPudding ( 1045640 ) on Monday October 05, 2015 @03:10PM (#50663753)
    At this rate, the warnings of Richard Stallman in the past casually dismissed as the ranting of an extremist will soon be commonly held as wise and insightful (though still widely ignored by sheep-like consumers).
  • by Anonymous Coward

    For a moment there I only saw "Twitter Shuts Down"

    Got my damn hopes up there for a second. :P

  • (moralistic tirade forthcoming)

    • Honestly, it amazes me that so many allegedly "educated" people have fallen so quickly and so hard for a fraudulent fabrication of such laughable proportions. The very idea that a gigantic ball of Twitter data happens to orbit our networks, showing itself in neat, four-week cycles -- with the same interface accessible to us all the time -- is ludicrous. Furthermore, it is an insult to common sense and a damnable affront to intellectual honesty and integrity. That people actually believe it is evidence that

  • "Hey devs...fuck you ha ha ha ha ha!"

    -Signed, Twitter

    Personally this is one of those "...and nothing of value was lost" moments.

    • "Hey advertisers...fuck you ha ha ha ha ha!"

      -Signed, Twitter

      Personally this is one of those "...and nothing of value was lost" moments.

      Fixed that for everyone :-)

  • So a social media site that everyone thinks they are 'entitled' to is monetizing the service to pay the bills. If everyone jumps ship, then it fails, so what. I'm waiting for all social media like this to fade into obscurity like the pet rock.

     

  • We've blogged about the infrastructure change that led to this decision https://blog.twitter.com/2015/hard-decisions-for-a-sustainable-platform - I'd also point out that as undocumented and unsupported endpoint, probably never a good idea to rely on this data. No plans to change other JSON endpoints on the API.

    Disclaimer: I work as a Developer Advocate at Twitter

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