Tweetbot Removes Timeline Streaming, Activity and Stats Tab, and Push Notifications for Some Features Ahead of Twitter Changes | Mac
Ahead of upcoming Twitter changes set to be implemented tomorrow, Tapbots has released an updated version of its Tweetbot app for iOS devices, which removes several features.
Timeline streaming over WiFi has been disabled, and within the iOS app, timelines will refresh every one to two minutes instead. We’ve been using them Tweetbot for iOS app in a beta capacity with these changes implemented, and while it’s not a huge change, the delay is noticeable.
Push notifications for Mentions and Direct Messages are also delayed by a few minutes, and push notifications for likes, retweets, follows, and quotes have been disabled. Tapbots says it is, however, investigating re-adding some of these push notifications in the future.
The Activity and Stats tabs have been removed from the app, and because the Apple Watch app was heavily dependent on Activity data, it too has been eliminated.
Tapbots says that it is sorry that the changes have to be implemented, but it Twitter has decided to eliminate certain features provided to third-party apps without providing alternatives.
On August 16th Twitter will disable parts of their public interface that we use in Tweetbot. Because Twitter has chosen not to provide alternatives to these interfaces we have been forced to disable or degrade certain features. We’re sorry about this, but unfortunately this is totally out of our control.
Other third-party Twitter clients, such as Twitterrific, have also had to remove the same features that have been disabled in Tweetbot because of Twitter’s new limitations on third-party apps.
Twitter is requiring Twitter clients to pay for Premium or Enterprise accounts to access certain features, and timeline streaming has been deprecated entirely.
Tapbots has not yet updated Tweetbot for Mac, but changes should be coming to the Mac app soon as well.
Tweetbot for iOS can be downloaded from the App Store for $4.99. [Direct Link]
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