Twitter parses legacy api that allowed push messages

Aug

19

2018

on custom clients
Twitter has shut down a ‘legacy api’ that third-party Twitter clients used to make push notifications and automatic feed refreshes possible. Clients such as Talon, Tweetbot, Tweetings and Twitterific lose functionality and have no viable alternative.

Twitter announced earlier this year that this legacy api would be out of use on August 16, 2018. In that blog post, the company claims that developers who use the API still have three months to switch to the new API. . According to a website that several Twitter app developers have set up, however, it is simply too expensive for them to switch to the new api; as a calculation example they speak of $ 2899 monthly costs to serve 250 users, which would mean that they have to ask $ 16 a month for users to play even.

The most popular Twitter clients that, according to analyst firm Sensor Tower, are losing functionality include Twitterific, Echofon, TweetCaster, Tweetbot and Ubersocial. These clients have been downloaded six million times in the last four and a half years. TechCrunch writes that . In the past year only 500,000 of those installations would have taken place. In an internal e-mail , also in the hands of TechCrunch, Twitter announces that it was about 1 percent of third-party developers working with Twitter. The amount of users would also amount to around 1 percent.

Although the ‘damage’ expressed in percentage terms is limited, Twitter owes several parts of its social medium to implementations that started with these third-party clients; the Twitter logo started its existence at Twitteriffic, as well as the word ‘tweet’, and the concept of ‘pull-to-refresh’ comes from Tweetie.

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