Tweetbot, Twitterrific, and other third-party Twitter apps will not work
A long list of third-party Twitter clients, including Tweetbot, Twitterific, Echofon, and Fenix, don’t work. The apps, which all rely on access to Twitter’s application interface (API) to get data, have been experiencing problems since Thursday evening, according to multiple online posts from app developers. first reported by The Verge.
“Tweetbot and other clients are experiencing problems logging into Twitter. We reached out to Twitter for more details but have not heard back” written by Tapbots on Tweetbot’s official Twitter account. Other app accounts posted similar posts.
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The developers also used alternative social networking sites on platforms like Mastodon to complain about ongoing problems. “Did Twitter Just Kill Third-Party Clients? I can’t log into Twitterific right now, wrote Sean Heber of Twitterrific report from Tech Crunch. Paul Haddad of Tweetbot, products “I hope whatever is happening on Twitter is just an automated anti-spam bot that incorrectly suspends the right apps.”
A Gizmodo contributor also confirmed that Tweetbot on MacOS was down this morning. “Had to switch to the Twitter app like a peasant,” they wrote.
Twitter has not released any statement on the matter, but said the platform continues to “invest in our developer platform, especially the Twitter API.” a post last month. “Thank you for sticking with us through this transition and we look forward to building together,” the report added.
So it’s possible that updates or changes to your site’s API have accidentally caused an outage. And it’s also possible that the move was a deliberate decision by Twit chief Elon Musk, whose reign has been dominated by confusing and spontaneous changes to Twitter’s platform. All of the Musk-era modifications are too numerous to list, but a few examples include the back-and-forth check and blue checklifting the ban political advertisingand thus a algorithmic feed the default.
Instead of trying to reach Twitter’s PR department, which no longer exists, I tweeted @ Elon Musk, Twitter Support, and asked for clarification on what was happening with third-party apps. I didn’t get an answer right away.