By Gerry Shih | Reuters –
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – In a move to regulate how users access its microblogging service, Twitter announced new restrictions that sternly discouraged independent software developers from creating Twitter apps.
While the move is not expected to immediately affect how current Twitter users across the world access the service, the new rules will likely nudge new users toward Twitter’s own apps while slowly ushering the demise of popular third-party clients like Tweetbot.
Twitter, which has been seeking greater control of its platform as it looks to grow into a digital media powerhouse sustained by advertising revenues, has deeply divided Silicon Valley’s tech circles with its strategy.
No longer just a 140-character, text messaging service, Twitter believes it can provide more interactive content — and better serve ads and