If you don’t use the official application of Twitter, chances are you’re dealing with problems with the social network of the blue bird. As of this morning, third party apps have stopped working. Is this intentional, or is there something else going on?
Third-party Twitter apps no longer work
Enough Twitter users use a different app than the official client to access Twitter. For example, think of Talon for Twitter, Tweetings, Flamingo or another application. Apps like Twitterific and Tweetbot are popular on iOS. However, you may just run into problems with these apps. Many services are useless because they cannot connect to the API that allows third-party apps to access Twitter.
It is currently unclear whether this is a deliberate action by the social network, or whether there is a technical malfunction. There has long been a love-hate relationship between Twitter and third-party apps. Twitter has been trying to favor its own application for years. For example, third-party apps can only register a limited number of users and various functions are not supported in third-party apps because they are simply blocked by the network itself via the API.
Since Elon Musk took over Twitter, things have not gotten any better at the network. Many layoffs followed and employees already sounded the alarm that the infrastructure as it was until now would not last indefinitely. Whether this is the reason why third-party apps are not working is not clear. It is striking that developers also know nothing about it and that Twitter itself does not respond at all.
Unfortunately I have no more information about this than anyone else has. Twitter said on their developer console that they sent me an email, but I don’t seem to have receive one.
It seems like the app is still working for some people, but not everyone (most?)
— Talon (@TalonAndroid) January 13, 2023
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