Twitter has been carefully rolling out its Promoted Tweets service, which it first announced in April at its Chirp conference. Now these advertisements are being included in some users' timelines on Twitter application HootSuite, according to both companies. Twitter already added Promoted Tweets to its searches.
Changes to an API Terms of Service (TOS) are an inevitable part of API operations, and as API owners work to evolve their APIs, changes can often be at odds with the community. As some API seem to struggle with the best way to update, Google's approach appears to be more balanced. Google just updated its TOS for Google Earth and its popular Google Maps API.
The API economy continues to grow but one impediment to this growth is the friction involved when trying to pay for API access. Smoothing this friction may require a change in the handling of API monetization, something the open-source API Network looks to solve through the use of cryptocurrency.