Twitter is about to turn off a critical part of its API that is used by third-party developers within their apps. The part of the API that’s being shut off is known as the “streaming services” feature which will affect third-party apps like Tweetbot (which I personally use), Twitterific, and others. Once the feature is disabled by Twitter two main things will occur:

  1. Push notifications will no longer arrive
  2. Timelines won’t refresh automatically

Third-party developers have banded together to try and get Twitter to stop the shutdown of the “streaming services” feature but so far no luck and the clock is winding down quickly. If, like me, you use a third-party Twitter client, please help spread the word and tell Twitter that this is an unacceptable change and will negatively impact your use of the product. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Ask @TwitterDev to correct this situation by either keeping the “streaming services” feature online or by providing developers with a good faith alternative.
  • Share your feelings using #BreakingMyTwitter.

Personally, I love the streaming feature in third-party apps like Tweetbot, it’s one of the core reasons I use it. If I had to use the Twitter website I think my usage of Twitter would drop significantly. Also, keep in mind, Twitter recently said it stopped developing its Mac app and pulled it from the Mac App Store so there will literally be no way to use Twitter aside from its website or mobile app if the streaming feature is disabled.

I really hope Twitter realizes (soon) that the people who they would be upsetting by following through on this are its most dedicated and loyal users.

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