Third-party Twitter apps are facing problems, users say

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People using third-party Twitter clients face a number of issues, including being unable to log in and access Twitter feeds. Tweetbot, Echofon, and Twitterrific, three popular third-party Twitter apps, confirmed the issues, noting that they’re not sure what caused the glitch.

Creators of these apps also complained about these issues on Mastadon. Twitterrific developer Sean Heber said, “Did Twitter just kill outside customers?” while Paul Hadad of Tweetbot said “I hope what’s happening on Twitter is just an automated spam protection bot falsely suspending the right apps”.

Image Credits: Mastodon

Image Credits: mastodon

In an email response to TBEN, Haddad said the issue started around 7:30 PM PT today. He also mentioned that all API requests from the apps fail.

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It is likely that Twitter made some changes to the API for third-party clients that caused these apps to stop working. It is not clear if this is a move to thwart access to the platform.

Aside from the aforementioned apps, users complained that they could not access Twitter from customers like Phoenix, Twitpane, Resilienceand claw. So the only way to access Twitter is through the official client or the website.

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A post on Twitter’s developer forum said these apps appear as “Suspended” on the developer portal.

Since the acquisition of Elon Musk, Twitter has killed many developer programs, including Twitter Toolbox for app discovery. Third-party developers have been cautious about their development plans around Twitter, as the company has not communicated its plans for the ecosystem. Last month, the company’s former head of developer platforms, Amir Shevat, wrote for TBEN that the new management has betrayed developer trust.

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While Twitter has not communicated anything about the issue, the TwitterDev account said last month that the company “will continue to invest in our developer platform, particularly our Twitter API.”

Earlier this week, Twitter decided to make the algorithmic timeline – dubbed “For You” – the default feed on iOS.

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