What Apps Will Be Screwed By Twitter's API Changes?

Today Twitter announced a series of API changes aimed at "mainstreaming" the user experience of the product. In other words they don't want you to use any apps to access your account besides its own. Here's what's on the chopping block.

Twitter's still being pretty coy about which apps will and won't be granted authorisation saying that its guidelines for developers remain guidelines for developers:

... includes, of course, "traditional" Twitter clients like Tweetbot and Echofon. Nearly eighteen months ago, we gave developers guidance that they should not build client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience." And to reiterate what I wrote in my last post, that guidance continues to apply today.

So that's two right there that are definitely on their way out unless they evolve. Who else is about to go? Here's the beginnings of a list:

    Tweetbot Tweetcaster Seesmic UberSocial Plume for Twitter Twitterrific

What else is on its way out? Let us know below and we'll update.

What we've also noticed today is that Twitter has changed the wording around marking a tweet as your favourite. Instead of being marking tweets as "Favourites" now you'll "Like" them. Sounds suspiciously familiar...



    But... TWEETBOT! I hope they can get around it. It's been the app I've used the most on my iPhone, and even in Alpha the Mac client is awesome.

    Nooooo! Tweetbot has to stay!

    I use the Echofon plugin for Firefox, which is handy because I like to see how many twitter messages are waiting for me just by glancing at the browser's toolbar.

    There is no official Twitter app with similar functionality, so are they going to develop a replacement?

      OK... looking around I see there are potentially other Firefox based twitter plugins, including one from Twitter itself. I will investigate further :)

    Not cool Twitter .. I don't like where this is heading.

    Man, sounds like a real dick move. Screw the customers, screw the people trying to cooperate with you and make the experience better for everybody...for what?

    Really, what is the point of this? Is it assuming that people are just stupid? Of course, it's trying to monetize every cent; realizing that a taking the whole pie, while shrinking that pie, is a lose-lose proposition for everybody.

    I have finally been dipping my toes into twitter, but this definitely makes the water much more icy cold.

      Sasha if you're a user you're not a customer. You're the product - eyeballs for advertisers and market researchers. Like a TV viewer isn't a customer. Nevertheless it rarely pays to upset the audience.


    I strongly prefer using Tweetbot on my iPad to using the twitter website or twitter app. I can't even remember the last time I used the website or official app, they're both a mess. No timeline position syncing across devices, takes you to the newest tweet as opposed to last read, etc. I don't know if I'll be able to continue using Twitter once Tweetbot is no more.

    Also any using search widgets that use the public API. After they require every app to be authenticated, this will knock out a lot of js-based widgets on sites.

    I use a plugin for pidgin because it suits my need of not having to install multiple client programmes for every different instant messaging service out there. If these changes stop that plugin from functioning my use of twitter will most likely stop all together.

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