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Twitter May Break Third-Party Clients Like Tweetbot, Twitterrific in June

Twitter May Break Third-Party Clients Like Tweetbot, Twitterrific in June

Third-party Twitter clients are often handicapped by the platform by a limit of 100,000 users for new developers and are not able to implement features found in the official client.

Developers of major Android and iOS apps banded together today to describe the issue that will come to a head in June.

If you use an app like Talon, Tweetbot, Tweetings, or Twitterrific, there is no way for its developer to fix these issues. We've been waiting for more than a year. The new Account Activity API is now in beta, but developers haven't been given access.

What this means in practical terms is that users of these third-party apps - many of which offer more functionality than Twitter's own native apps - will no longer be able to receive push notifications of any Twitter activity, nor will they be able to view their Twitter feed in realtime. Even if they had been, say the devs, push notifications are limited to 35 Twitter accounts at the standard level, and there's no pricing given for Enterprise-level service.

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That new API is in beta testing, but the creators point out on a protest website, Apps of a Feather, that no outside developers have been invited to test it.

If third-party apps like Tweetbot and Twitterrific lose the ability to offer push notifications and streaming timelines in June, there won't be clear replacements for native apps with similar features - especially from Twitter. The latest restriction threatens to impact fundamental features like push notifications and automatic timeline refresh.

Hopefully Twitter will see the light and give developers access to the new API and let them update their apps before the change.

Many folks don't realize that their favorite Twitter app is about to break, so awareness is the first step.


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