The looming end for third party Twitter apps

Apps of a Feather (group post from 3rd party Twitter app developers):

After June 19th, 2018, “streaming services” at Twitter will be removed. This means two things for third-party apps:

  • Push notifications will no longer arrive
  • Timelines won’t refresh automatically

If you use an app like Talon, Tweetbot, Tweetings, or Twitterrific, there is no way for its developer to fix these issues.

We are incredibly eager to update our apps. However, despite many requests for clarification and guidance, Twitter has not provided a way for us to recreate the lost functionality. We’ve been waiting for more than a year.

Read the whole piece for details. I can’t wrap my head around Twitter’s thinking here. Is it so expensive to support third party developers, so expensive to maintain a native Mac Twitter client?

Third party Twitter clients bring choice, robustness to the Twitterverse. Third party Twitter clients also bring inclusiveness. Eliminating this community, in my opinion, sends a terrible message. These are the folks who breathed life into Twitter in the first place. I suspect none of them got rich doing this, that their efforts were, in a large part, a labor of love.

Leaving these developers unsupported, and leaving them hanging, just seems plain wrong.