Is it game over for third party Twit­ter apps?

The Irish Times - Business - - TECHNOLOGY - apps-of-a-feather.com

Twit­ter’s de­vel­oper ad­vo­cate Jon Cipri­ano an­nounced last De­cem­ber that Twit­ter will be re­plac­ing cer­tain func­tion­al­i­ties on June 18th with some­thing known as the “Ac­count Ac­tiv­ity API”. It will re­place “User Streams and Site Streams, along with the legacy Di­rect Message end­points”, he ex­plained.

What this means for many third party de­vel­op­ers is that the streaming ser­vices they rely upon to make Twit­ter work for their app will no longer work. In an open letter to Twit­ter on web­site Apps of a Feather, de­vel­op­ers rep­re­sent­ing pop­u­lar apps Twit­terific, Tweet­bot, Talon, and Tweet­ings said: “This means two things for third-party apps: 1) Push no­ti­fi­ca­tions will no longer ar­rive, 2) Time­lines won’t re­fresh au­to­mat­i­cally. If you use an app like [ours] there is no way for its de­vel­oper to fix these is­sues.”

“Many folks don’t re­alise that their favourite Twit­ter app is about to break,” they add. So, that’s the score: if you are a user of any of these third-party apps on your iPhone or An­droid, then it is pretty much a guar­an­tee that you will no longer re­ceive no­ti­fi­ca­tions through push mes­sag­ing from mid-June on­wards un­less Twit­ter changes its mind.

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