Twitter suspends third-party clients

January 16, 2023 in Social Media by Brenton ‐ 1 min read

Twitter's new CEO has now decided that third-party apps are not something he wants to support moving forward.

In yet another sudden move, Twitter has now selectively suspended popular third-party clients without warning or notice.

It feels like the end of an era – for the early years of the iPhone, Twitter clients were a thriving, fertile playground for exploration of touch-centric UI elements and paradigms. Functionality that would eventually become a platform standards debuted in popular third-party Twitter clients, such as pull-to-refresh in the Tweetie app.

What bothers me about Twitterrific’s final day is that it was not dignified. There was no advance notice for its creators, customers just got a weird error, and no one is explaining what’s going on. We had no chance to thank customers who have been with us for over a decade. Instead, it’s just another scene in their ongoing shit show.

Craig Hockenberry (Twitteriffic)

While it’s been a bumpy few years now for third-party clients, it certainly seems like now it’s the end of the road. It’s a disgrace the way this ban has been imposed given the role third-party clients have served for Twitter over the years.

And if you’re in the market for a Mastodon client – the team at Tapbots are racing to get Ivory, their new Mastodon client out the door as soon as possible.