Twitter’s API Change Has a Date Again: August 16 →

Sarah Perez at TechCrunch:

Twitter is giving developers more time to adjust to its API platform overhaul, which has affected some apps‘ ability to continue operating in the same fashion. The company clarified this morning, along with news of the general availability of its Account Activity API, that it will be delaying the shutdown of some of its legacy APIs by three months’ time. That is, APIs originally slated for a June 19, 2018 shutdown – including Site Streams, User Streams, and legacy Direct Message Endpoints – will now be deprecated on Wednesday, August 16, 2018.

This is the API removal that led to the “Apps of a Feather” open letter. All it seems that bought was a little more time1 before the third-party Twitter experience gets worse.

As far as what we can expect in Tweetbot and Twitterrific after August 16, Perez asked Tweetbot creator Paul Haddad that just yesterday:

“Twitter has a replacement API that – if we’re given access to – we’ll be able to use to replace almost all of the functionality that they are deprecating,” he explains. “On Mac, the worst case scenario is that we won’t be able to show notifications for Likes and Retweets. Notifications for Tweets, Mentions, Quotes, DMs and Follows will be delayed one to two minutes,” Haddad adds.

He also says that Tweets wouldn’t stream in as they get posted, but instead would come in one to two minutes later as the app would automatically poll for them. (This is the same as how the iOS app works now when connected to LTE – it uses the polling API.)

None of that is great, but I doubt it will be enough of a pain to pry Tweetbot out of my hands.

  1. But not the aforementioned full three months.