Twitter has long had a strange disdain for third-party Twitter apps, but it’s allowed many of them to pass under the radar for the last several years. That’s starting to change this summer, when Twitter will revoke a key piece of access that developers currently have to the service, replacing it with a new access system that limits what they can do. The changes aren’t going to make third-party Twitter clients useless, but they are going to make the apps somewhat worse.
The changes, which go into effect August 16th, do two main things: first, they prevent new tweets from streaming into an app in real time; and second, they prevent and delay some push notifications. Neither of these are going to break Twitter apps completely, but they could be very annoying depending on how and where you use it.
As good a moment as any to stop using Twitter altogether. Twitter is actively making Twitter worse for those that use Twitter the most and since the longest time, which seems like a terrible business decision. They want us to use their crappy non-chronological, advertisement-ridden first party clients, which in my case simply isn’t going to happen. I use Twitter for fun, and these needless changes suck that fun out of it.
Meanwhile, the Nazis are still on Twitter. Just so you know where the company’s priorities lie.
A few months ago I switched to Mastodon and I’ve been really happy with it as a Twitter replacement.
Yeah, you need to seek out new people to follow, and you do need to pick a server to log into.
But the communities and the discourse over on the fediverse is much more progressive and privacy-conscious.
Any of the below projects work and they all talk to each other.
You can follow people from any server, but you do get a “local timeline” for others on the same server as you too.
It’s worth looking into a few servers to get a feel for the communities on each, but I’ve been loving being surrounded by anitcapitalists and communists on my chosen instance – it means more insights and less consumerist tech/pop-culture garbage.
Edited 2018-05-17 00:34 UTC