Friday, Jan 20, 2023, 15:59 Software

Twitter Announces Official End Of Third-Party Apps – Tweetbot & Twitterrific Now History

A few days ago, when a rather noteworthy outage of all third-party Twitter clients occurred – the question was whether this was a technical problem, as Twitter battles against the chaos of its acquisition, or an intentional undertaking by the company. Amongst others, it was not possible for users to log into the Twitter service via clients such as Twitterrific and Tweetbot and these clients were no longer able to partake in the service. A short while later, a report came out that Twitter was intentionally blocking access for third-party clients and had deactivated the corresponding API. Higher ups at the company decided upon this privately and then presented its developers with a fait accompli, demanding that they not actively communicate the decision. Now, there's finally some clarity concerning the matter, as Twitter has now officially announced that it is dropping support for third-party clients.

Goodbye To Former Staples Such As Twitterrific
As per the short announcement, the company is now enforcing long since established API rules. This, of course, has resulted in several apps now longer functioning as previously. Reactions followed immediately: Since there's no more reason to continue running the award-winning app, Twitterrific, that has existed since 2007 – the app's developers are discontinuing it with a heavy heart. Twitterrific has already been removed from the App Store, with existing subscriptions having been automatically cancelled. Per a blog-post, the developers are proud to have helped shape an era. Even the blue Twitter-logo stems from the Twitterrific mascot, prior to the app, the brand's logo was marked by no more than lettering stating "Twitter".

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The Twitterrific bird named "Ollie"


Twitter's Strategy – Monetizing Traffic
It's clear why Twitter has taken this drastic step – traffic. Traffic occurring via third-party apps is very difficult to monetize. Under Elon Musk's supervision, the new management's goal is to turn a profit. However, the move doesn't come without its risks – after all, the countless Twitter clients do serve as a path to increased traffic and activity, even if this is difficult to monetize. Although there is an official Twitter app, many users preferred accessing the social media service via one of the many, now deactivated solutions. Isolated third-party clients do still function – however, it's likely only a matter of time until these likewise meet deactivation.

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