- Most third-party Twitter apps have stopped working.
- Twitter might be kicking out third-party apps from the platform.
- Some third-party apps seem to be working, though.
Most third-party Twitter apps seem to be broken currently. Users have reported that Tweetbot, Echofon. Twitterrific, Fenix, and more are facing difficulties accessing Twitter. All third-party apps seem to have a similar issue, authenticating with Twitter. The Twitter API appears not to be working or locking out third-party Twitter apps.
Tweetbot and Twitterrific have posted an official tweet about the same.
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.
— Tweetbot by Tapbots (@tweetbot) January 13, 2023
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.
— Twitterrific (@Twitterrific) January 13, 2023
There is speculation going around Twitter that this is a move for Twitter to cut out third-party outlets from Twitter altogether. But it might not be the case as some users have reported that Fenix for iOS and Spring is still working.
While there is yet to be any concrete info about if third-party apps are getting kicked out of the platform, there is a real possibility that Twitter would be doing just that.
Since Elon Musk took over Twitter, the company has been focused on increasing revenues and cutting out expenses. With these third-party apps, Twitter isn’t getting any revenue, cutting out the possible ad revenue it would be getting if the users were using the first-party app itself. Twitter has been trying to increase its revenue by pushing the new Twitter Blue and ad revenue by increasing the number of ads. Cutting off the third-party apps can increase the number of users on the first-party apps and increase the ad revenue for Twitter.
It also needs to be noted that only the third-party apps that aren’t full clients but access Twitter or use it for login are working fine. The full clients, such as Tweetbot and Twitterrific, are the ones not working. The full clients are the ones that are replacements for official Twitter apps, and only those apps being broken makes the suspicions even more concerning.
Let’s wait for any update on the situation from Twitter.