The people behind third-party Twitter clients Tweetbot, Twitterrific, Talon and Tweetings are warning users that their applications could lose important features such as automatic notifications and an automatic update timeline in June. The problem is that after June 19, Twitter will eliminate the "transmission services" that have allowed developers to implement these functions in their applications.
Those services will be replaced by an account activity API, but so far Twitter has not allowed external developers to participate in beta testing of that API. Even in the best case, you could only restore the push notification side; It seems that third-party Twitter clients will no longer have any practical way to offer a live update timeline. "You'll see delays in real-time updates during sports events and breaking news," the developers say.
They are raising the problem now with the hope that Twitter will offer some sort of solution before the mid-June cut. That probably only happens if the company hears enough complaints about another decision that, whatever the technical reasoning, will end up hindering the functionality and attractiveness of Twitter's third-party customers.
Some of these applications offer native software on platforms that Twitter itself has decided to abandon. I myself am a user of Tweetbot on Mac, even if I usually keep the official application on my mobile. Jeff Seibert, former product manager of Twitter, says it would be a "serious mistake" if the company does nothing.
While I deeply understand the complexities of running the Twitter development platform, and there are no easy decisions here, it would be a serious mistake to effectively end up with Mac support by killing Tweetbot. https://t.co/4ZcBRE80FQ
– Jeff Seibert (@jeffseibert) April 6, 2018
Application developers are concerned that "many people do not realize that their application of Favorite Twitter is about to break, so conscience is the first step, together, we can get Twitter to constructively address this state of affairs before the June deadline. "If you want to make a muffled sound, @TwitterDev is the account @. Or you can tweet your own thoughts with the hashtag #BreakingMyTwitter.