Again, from the announced changes in 2012. A char of apps Twitter wants (and doesn’t want, upper right quadrant)
"Twitter said that developers 'should not build client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience.’”
I'm already finding myself using twitter less ever since they ditched the official OSX program. The web interface SUCKS and I don't really use my phone when I'm at home. Apparently no sense in getting a 3rd party app now either.
They still want/need to 'borrow' innovation from these third party clients, but honestly, between a messy Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram, a largely redundant Facebook (at least for me), social media apps are becoming harder to tolerate and use
I remember when they turned off the feature that allowed you to easily see how many times an article had been shared. No rationale for decision. Didn't build a business of their own around it. Just turned it off. The least innovative innovative company ever (or vice versa).
You guys should do a Youtube video highlighting this, lately I feel Twitter is making some bad decisions, dropping support for their Mac app, dropping this critical feature for 3rd Party Twitter apps, and focusing on PWA (the cancer of apps)
Twitter is a VC-backed company that became public. So it was always about making money for shareholders, if being a platform no longer helps in pursing this goal, what’s the point of holding to that? Simple as that
If they’re going to have terrible mobile experiences, the least they can do is provide third parties with the tools necessary to fix that. This is carving away at the last vestiges of a once thriving ecosystem.
Also worth noting, the Account Activity API won’t fix this either, even if it was widely available - because it won’t support receiving messages about who you follow - only direct @’s to you or messages you send.
Tweetdeck works by polling the timeline API feed every 4 seconds, that makes it appear “streaming” to it’s users - but everyone else is allowed 15 calls to that API per 15 minutes - so max timeline updates of once per minute post June.
I just got @tweetbot as I was fed up with the crap that came with the native client and the poor experience on the web app. Every time I use the desktop version I get more rubbish I don't want, I.e likes on the timeline or the random order of tweets.
Twitter’s third party timeline:
2012: “we’re basically killing third party apps but not really”
2015: “hey gang jack here! We’re gonna communicate with third parties more”
2018: “we’re kinda killing third party apps”
I guess the concern is that 3rd party devs haven't had the access they need to prep their software, but maybe after the changes roll out they'll be able to retrofit something. Maybe a small gap, then they can catch up? Hopefully at least.
Twitter is responsible as anything for the huge boon of innovation in apps on mobile. Because of this 3rd parties have always been my preferred method of using Twitter.
If they goes away, so do I. So will countless others. #BreakingMyTwitter
It certainly seems _inconvenient_, but implying that it's unworkable isn't true. It just means that the apps themselves will be responsible for streaming content to the user as they receive each notice from the web hook.
The official apps/website are crap for the way I use Twitter. Borking 3rd party apps will force one of two scenarios for me. At best I unfollow half my feed and at worst I use the service less or not at all. Hope they find a better way.