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Twitter Will Limit What Third-Party Apps Can Do, Starting August 16th

Twitter is set to roll out new policy changes on August 16th, which will effectively limit what third-party Twitter apps are capable of doing.

The changes will create two major roadblocks for third-party apps:

  • Third-party apps will no longer be able to stream tweets in real-time.
  • Push notifications will be either delayed or prevented altogether.

These changes will not break third-party apps, but it may limit some functionality that users have grown accustomed to.

Without the ability to stream tweets in real-time, users of third-party apps will have to manually refresh their feeds in order to see the latest tweets.

However, that may not even be an issue depending on how an individual uses a particular app. Streaming live tweets is typically a feature that can be turned on or off, and some users prefer to refresh manually anyway.

Mobile apps usually have a convenient pull-to-refresh functionality, removing the ability to stream tweets prove to be a bigger issue for third-party desktop apps.

When these changes come into effect on August 16th, desktop apps can still request that a user’s timeline be refreshed, but the apps will be limited in how often they can submit those requests.

Push notifications will either be severely limited, or removed completely from third-party apps as a result of these changes. In addition, the push notifications that remain will be delayed by one or two minutes.

Twitter plans to offer a way for developers to buy access to a new API that will enable access to the features that are being removed, although access will be so expensive that it will likely price most developers out of the market.

SEJ STAFF Matt G. Southern Senior News Writer at Search Engine Journal

Matt G. Southern, Senior News Writer, has been with Search Engine Journal since 2013. With a bachelor’s degree in communications, ...

Twitter Will Limit What Third-Party Apps Can Do, Starting August 16th

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