Twitter Cuts Access To Firehose, Goes All In With Gnip

Twitter said Friday that it has cut access to its fire hose of data by third party developers, and will instead force everyone to go through Boulder-based Gnip, the social data provider it acquired last April. Twitter said that the move is part of an effort to more "deeper understanding of customer needs, get direct feedback for the product roadmap, and work more closely" with its customers. Two other companies--DataSift and NTT--have lost access to Twitter's data stream as a result of the move.