That means that no third-party client can ever have more than
100k users, unless given special permission by Twitter or it
already has over 100k right now, in which case it can have double
This move puts a life span on most for-pay clients, as they’ll
reach a point where there is no longer any reason for them to
continue offering these apps for sale. Let’s call it Max Reach .
If you’re a user of a favorite third-party client already, you’re
in, but those who wish to get in on one in the future will need to
get cracking if they want to get in under the cap. […]
Basically, Twitter just told all developers exactly how much money
they can ever make selling a for-pay client. The future of Twitter
is its official apps.
And it’s a huge discouragement for starting any new Twitter clients. Regarding Twitter’s new “Display Guidelines”, Panzarino flags the same rule that caught my eye: