- Twitter is trying to break its third-party apps by releasing a new rule that renders most of them useless.
- The third-party apps won’t be able to automatically refresh feeds and push notifications.
- @TwitterDev announced that at least 90 days warning have been given to third-party Twitter apps.
Over the past few years, Twitter has been trying to kill off all third-party apps, to draw users to its own platform. These third-party apps have been offering alternative ways to use Twitter for people who aren’t fans of the features on the official Twitter apps.
Twitter announced on its developer’s blog that, as from June 19, 2018, the current streaming APIs will stop working and will be replaced by a new Account Activity API. This means that any third-party Twitter app will no longer be able to push notifications or automatically refresh timelines. No access has been given to small developers but the Enterprise model is available for large companies to try it out.
Twitter has also tried in the time past to limit the power of third-party apps. Back in 2012, it introduced a token for its APIs, that is any third-party Twitter apps can only have a maximum of 100,000 users. Once these apps have reached their user limit, they are removed from the Google Play Store. This token rule has recently led to one of the top apps, Flamingo to be dropped off from Google Play Store.
The developers of Talon, Tweetbot, Tweetings, and Twitterrific came together to create apps-of-a-feather.com site. It outlines the changes in the new Account Activity API and what it means for third-party Twitter apps. These developers have clamoured to users to protest these changes by:
- Tweeting at @TwitterDev to correct the situation
- Share their feelings using #BreakingMyTwitter
- Voice out on their podcast or blog
- Spread the word with links to apps-of-a-feather.com.
These actions worked and generated a lot of outrage on the platform against Twitter.
After some hours, @TwitterDev responded, announcing that the cut-off will be delayed. Although the new deprecation date is not yet announced, third-party Twitter apps have been given at least 90 days warning.