Twitter is about to make third party apps less appealing, with their API changes → PP

Over on MacStories, John Vorhees writes about the impending API changes that Twitter are going to make live in August. If you’re using a third party client then expect a delay in notifications and a potential loss of functionality; unless, of course, the developer of said app stumps up the cash for API access.

This won’t be cheap…

[…] it’s expensive. A subscription covering 100-250 users will cost $2899/month, which works out to over $11 per user for 250 users. Anyone with over 250 users, which would include all the major third-party Twitter clients, is advised to contact Twitter for enterprise pricing. However, the pricing on the API’s lower tiers doesn’t leave much room for optimism.

Third-party clients that can’t or don’t want to pay those prices will have to make do without timeline streaming and push notifications for likes and retweets. Other notifications will be delayed approximately 1-2 minutes according to statements by Haddad to TechCrunch.

In short, Twitter wants you to use their app for full functionality. I fully appreciate their need to make money but shooting developers in the leg like this is a dick move. After all, these platforms gain critical mass by third party developer innovation bringing people to the party. Ugh…

18 May, 2018