Twitter finally details new API, screws third-party apps — again

Twitter has finally announced details for it’s new Account Activity API, which replaces the Streaming API third-party clients have relied on up until now — and the news isn’t good.

Today we’re excited to announce the general availability of Account Activity API. Now developers can get started for free, upgrade to premium as they scale, and move to enterprise when they need even more subscriptions or enterprise functionality. https://t.co/AkMCDNOxbs— Twitter Dev (@TwitterDev) May 16, 2018

This API suits Twitters goal of feeding analytics and entertainment products, but it’s a heavy blow to developers of third-part Twitter apps like Twitterrific and Tweetbot, and services like the already shutting down Favstar. Here’s why:

There’s no streaming connection capability as is used by only 1% of monthly active apps. Also there’s no home timeline data. We have no plans to add that data to Account Activity API or create a new streaming service. However, home timeline data remains accessible via REST API.

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