Twitter announced changes to its API, and the company wants developers to incorporate them within six months or risk being shut out.
The company said the changes to its API will help Twitter create a "more consistent Twitter experience," which is the motto the company has been touting for months.
An API, or application programming interface, is a specification that lets developers access a company's information. Most companies, including Facebook and Google, have APIs for their services. The changes coming to Twitter's API could affect users once apps are changed to reflect the company's new policies.
Twitter will now require developers to authenticate who they are in order to use their API. This means that anonymous access to Twitter's API is essentially over, ending malicious use of the API. This means that bots that just scrape through Twitter's data will soon likely be kept out.