Tweetbot Removes Timeline Streaming, Activity and Stats Tab, and Push Notifications for Some Features Ahead of Twitter Changes [Updated]

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Ahead of upcoming Twitter changes set to be implemented tomorrow, Tapbots has released an updated version of its Tweetbot app for iOS devices, removing several features that have been present in the app for years.

Timeline streaming over Wi-Fi has been disabled, which means Twitter timelines will refresh every one to two minutes instead of as new tweets come in. We've been using the 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 notification options 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 had to be made, but Twitter has decided to eliminate certain features provided to third-party apps without offering 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]

Update: Tweetbot 2 and Tweetbot 3 for Mac have also been updated to work with Twitter's new API changes. Features that have been changed or removed are listed below:

- Timeline streaming is now disabled. Your timelines will now refresh automatically every 1-2 minutes instead.
- Notifications for Mentions, Direct Messages, Follows, and Follower's Tweets will now be delayed by a few minutes.
- Notifications for Likes and Retweets have been disabled.
- Activity and Notification tabs have been removed.

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28 months ago
And official Twitter app still sucks!!! I will keep on using Tweetbot because I love how my timeline is organised with no stupid ads, 'in case you missed', promoted tweets, likes from friends and other ********!
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28 months ago
Twitter's trying to get me to switch over, but it won't work.
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28 months ago
[USER=371]@Jack[/USER] needed all of the third party apps to get Twitter off the ground... now he's trying to starve them out. I will never use their janky native app ... I'll walk away from the platform before I do that.
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28 months ago
Twitter ...

Edit: I don't use Twitter that much, but the pricing is ridiculous.
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28 months ago
What's strange about this is that only two years ago, Dorsey stood on stage and promised that Twitter would be more open to developers. This was their solution to falling profits. Now they want to limit third-party stuff again.

It's all an attempt to get you to see their ads. In reality, Twitter is long past its glory years. Too much corporate bungling and lack of innovation. Twitter is fast becoming irrelevant.
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28 months ago
why does so many things have to move to curated time lines / algorithms bases... I just want to be able see things as they are posted in a simple line. Then mark what I want to get updated on per post basis...
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