Twitter explains developer changes in blog, leaked email

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

Twitter announced changes to its available APIs, impacting third-party apps in numerous ways.

Months following, social media users are experiencing results of those changes on Twitter’s end, including the loss of many features for third-party apps such as Twitterrific and Tweetbot.

Twitterrific disabled those features, including relevant push notifications and streaming timeline in June.

Taptbots, the developers behind the popular Twitter app Tweetbot, disabled these features or severely downgraded them just this week — at the same time as Twitter’s API changes went into effect.

Today, Twitter has posted a public blog post to talk about those changes, and makes an attempt to give detail as to the reasoning.

In the post, Twitter notes that its API changes are tied to legacy developer tools, and those apparently only effect “1% of third-party developers”:

“In order to prioritize making these experiences great, we’ve chosen to stop investing in other products — including two legacy developer tools used by about 1% of third-party developers. This means that some Twitter-like apps will not be able to function the exact same way as before. For example, instead of Tweets automatically streaming in like they once did in some third-party apps, you might need to pull to refresh like you do in Twitter-owned apps and sites. Several of the most popular apps have already made updates so that you can continue using them with minimal disruption.”

Twitter’s straightforward blog post explains its commitment to providing the best possible experience on the social network and within its products, whether through the iOS app, Android app, or Twitter’s website.

However, TechCrunch has posted an internal email that was sent out to the Twitter team recently, in which Twitter admits that it has not been successful at talking to third-party app developers.

Twitter says that the company has been working towards a resolution to the issue since the end since 2011.