Upcoming Twitter Changes to Disable Key Features in Third-Party Apps [Updated]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Twitter is making changes to its API on June 19, and third-party Twitter clients are worried about the impact and Twitter's lack of communication about the issue.

    The developers behind popular third-party Twitter apps that include Tweetbot, Twitterrific, Talon, and Tweetings today teamed up to warn users about the upcoming changes and to hopefully spur Twitter to action.


    On June 19, Twitter plans to remove several streaming service APIs that are used by third-party apps. Disabling these APIs will prevent third-party Twitter apps from sending push notifications and refreshing Twitter timelines automatically.
    Twitter is replacing its current streaming APIs with a new Account Activity API, which is in beta testing, but third-party developers have not been given access. With access to the Account Activity APIs, third-party Twitter clients say they might be able to enable some push notifications, but Twitter has also provided no detail on pricing. Automatic refresh of the timeline is set to be disabled entirely.
    The developers behind Tweetbot, Twitterrific, Talon, and Tweetings are asking customers to contact the @TwitterDev account to correct the situation and to use the #BreakingMyTwitter hashtag to spread awareness.

    Update: Twitter has responded to customers unhappy with the changes coming to third-party apps. Twitter plans to delay the scheduled June 19th date for the deprecation of the existing APIs, and it says developers will have at least 90 days before the APIs are retired after being provided with access to the Account Activity API.

    Article Link: Upcoming Twitter Changes to Disable Key Features in Third-Party Apps [Updated]
  2. sp3k0psv3t macrumors regular


    Jun 3, 2013
    Miami, FL
    It’s terribly disappointing that we had to experience the reality - demise - of what Facebook really stands for before being offered standard protection mechanisms from companies necessary to protect our privacy and personal identifiable information (PII).

    This is the reason I don’t “social media” lol.


  3. crichton007 macrumors newbie


    Jan 10, 2018
    UT, USA
    I've said it before but I'll say it again: If Twitter makes me use their first party app rather than a third party one I'll stop using Twitter.
  4. Woodstockie macrumors member


    Aug 12, 2015
    I marked this date in my calendar now to stop using Twitter.
  5. yangm macrumors newbie


    Apr 16, 2014
    Hope developers start working on making their twitter apps compatible with Mastodon network (hopefully with cross posting etc).

    Twitter is providing an awful experience not only to developers but to users too, and they will censor everyone who disagrees with their opinions.
  6. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    What? Additionally, "social media" isn't a verb. You interacting on a message board is still considered using social media, by the way.

    I was the same way but frankly the official Twitter app is the best out there. I used to use Tweetbot until Twitter stopped allowing third party access to APIs, giving the first party app features that third parties couldn't implement.

    That being said, being able to use a third party client was one of the charms of Twitter and another reason why it's better than Facebook or it's subsidiaries.
  7. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I think we need more information before we start getting out the pitchforks. The new Account Activity API (beta) may very well have the deprecated features.
  8. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    Twitter is the last social media service I've stayed on. And I just read, and occasionally comment. I rarely tweet anything original. I think I only ever did once. It's gotten a bit glitchy and hard to follow as FB was when I left it. I've tried the Twitter App itself and third party apps. It's still a bit messy. What a shame.
  9. balderoine macrumors member


    Apr 2, 2016
    Space Gray
    How did they go from completely disabling the Mac app to now crippling THIRD PARTY APPS???????!
  10. bwintx macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2002
    The loss of these other apps notwithstanding, I still wonder why Twitter doesn't simply add the live-streaming its TweetDeck browser-based app has.
  11. joesegh macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2009
    New Jersey, USA
    To be fair, if Twitter was a better run company there never would have been any third-party apps. The latest iterations of their apps have gotten a lot better, thankfully, but I'll still miss Tweetbot when it's gone.
  12. Rudy69 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2009
    I dare you to use Twitter's first party app on a mac.....oh wait it doesn't exist anymore
  13. turbineseaplane macrumors 601


    Mar 19, 2008
    If they follow through with this it will be the end of my days on Twitter sadly
  14. Paperboy2010 macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2010
    --- Post Merged, Apr 6, 2018 ---
    My twitter on iPhone X and iPad both stopped working when I updated to iOS 11.3. I'm baffled. Both start to open up and then crash. I've updated the app with every update and it still doesn't work. Moved to Twitterific, but I want regular twitter back. Any ideas?
  15. neverendingscot macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2015
    I have refused for forever to use the Twitter official app. I hate it. Everything about it sucks. I'll just have to consider abandoning Twitter if the **** hits the fan like this article indicates is likely. No auto refresh alone is a killer.
  16. rti92391 macrumors member


    Jun 9, 2011
    Hot take: The native app works well and the third party apps are garbage. I’ve used them and found them a subpar experience. All for this.
  17. jclo Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    Even if you don't like third-party Twitter apps on iOS, there's no solid Mac alternative, which is a major problem in this situation.
  18. turbineseaplane macrumors 601


    Mar 19, 2008
    Are you just hoping to create controversy?
    You can't honestly be serious…

    Several of the third-party apps absolutely destroy everything Twitter offers themselves
  19. macintoshmac macrumors 68030


    May 13, 2010
    Do you like the promoted ads and irrelevant tweets that come up in the first party app?

    Ever since I took to Twitterific and TweetBot, I get ZERO ads, and only some of the stuff from people I follow. The timeline is better to follow. First party app, I would have a barrage in the timeline about all the likes and what not.
  20. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    It doesn't. See http://apps-of-a-feather.com
  21. saintstryfe macrumors member


    Apr 23, 2009
    If due to Twitter stopping development on their own App I downloaded and paid for Twitteriffic just for it to stop working because of Twitter again, I will be very put off.
  22. Paperboy2010 macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2010
    Native app isn't working for me since 11.3. Please see my post above and if you, or anyone else, has any tips, they would be appreciated. HELP!
  23. turbineseaplane macrumors 601


    Mar 19, 2008
    I'm starting to wonder if it would be better for the country as a whole if Twitter just died anyways
  24. adamjackson macrumors 68000

    Jul 9, 2008
    While is is very unpopular, I still use Twitter via SMS. No ads, retweets, spam, promotions or noise. Long tweets just get truncated and you can follow hashtags, people and mute, follow, dm and block people easily. It still works really well and is supported by Twitter 1st party. I'm REALLY amazed 40404 even works anymore but it does and Twitter hasn't shut it down or removed features.


    That blogger says 40404 has been around since 2010. LOL. 40404 was Twitter before Twitter was twitter.

    ...that's basically where they're going.

    Twitter needs everyone to use 1st party applications because that's how they can extract the most usage data from users and most effectively deliver ads / promoted tweets. If you're on a 3rd party app, it's more challenging for Twitter to monetize you.
  25. hardtofin macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2009
    sorry guys i'm a bit confused. does this mean if you decide to use twitter's actual app, the one they release, you will still get an auto refreshed timeline? or it's breaking for ALL twitter apps?

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