Third-party Twitter apps including Tweetbot and Twitterrific are offline, but why?
Users of third-party Twitter apps have today found that they can’t see their timeline or post new tweets with apps like Tweetbot, Aviary, and Twitterrific all affected.
The issue, which is affecting Twitter apps on all platforms including iOS, macOS, Android, and Windows, hasn’t yet been confirmed by Twitter, and, worryingly, it isn’t yet known whether the problem is a glitch or the result of a decision made by Twitter itself.
We’re aware that Twitterrific is having problems communicating with Twitter. We don’t yet know what the root cause is, but we’re trying to find out. Please stay tuned and apologies.January 13, 2023
No tweets for you
Developers of third-party Twitter apps have long worried that the social network would one day remove their access to its public API, a tool that they need in order to hook into its systems. With that API seemingly now unavailable, developers are left scratching their heads as to what’s going on.
Some developers have already reached out to Twitter for an explanation as to what’s going on, but are yet to receive a response. It isn’t clear whether there is even anyone left at Twitter to answer their questions given owner Elon Musk’s recent firings — although he did subsequently have to re-hire some people after firing them by mistake.
Tweetbot and other clients are experiencing problems logging in to Twitter. We’ve reached out to Twitter for more details, but haven’t heard back.We’re hoping this is just a temporary glitch and will let you know more as soon as we know more.January 13, 2023
As of this writing the only way that people can access Twitter is via its official app and the company’s website. Unfortunately, Twitter is far from the best iPhone app in the App Store for using Twitter, which has left some users stuck.
Really though, I wouldn’t be able to do that IAP quick enough. This is torture. https://t.co/gzuxuDs9rDJanuary 13, 2023
The hope is that this is simply an outage and that the Twitter API will return once more, but given some of the policy decisions made by Musk and his management team since the $44 billion late last year, that is far from a certainty.
Some of those decisions have already pushed some users away from Twitter, with the federated social network Mastodon proving to be a popular alternative. This latest move, if intentional, could drive yet more people to make the move over sooner rather than later.
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