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Ollie, Space Karen, and an API

James is joined by Iconfactory principal and designer, Gedeon Maheux to talk about the week that saw Twitter nuke API access for the 3rd party apps such as Twitterrific.
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Show Notes

The last week or so has seen some extraordinary rubbish behaviour from Twitter regarding their API for third-party clients, like Twitterrific and Tweetbots. Users found themselves unable to access their timelines via anything but the official app and website, and developers had no communication to tell them what on earth was going on.

On Thursday, Twitter announced that this was intentional and that many third-party apps would no longer have API access. This caused no end of frustration for developers like Iconfactory. So it’s my pleasure to be joined by Gedeon, their principal and designer, to try to unpack what exactly happened, and the impact this has had and will continue to have on their business.

What are your memories of the good old days of Twitter, did you have a favourite third-party app you used? We’d love to hear from you, so please send a note over to [email protected], leave a comment on the post, or join the discussion over on our Discord server. Of course, you can also follow us on Mastodon

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Chapter Times

  1. 00:00:04: Introductions
  2. 00:06:27: The Original Twitter App Experience
  3. 00:08:55: The Last Big API Changes
  4. 00:11:32: What Happened to the API?
  5. 00:16:54: The Importance of 3rd Party Apps
  6. 00:20:27: Moving to Mastodon?
  7. 00:25:03: The Financial Impact
  8. 00:35:19: Why Do We Think This Happened?
  9. 00:49:34: The Core Twitter Experience Rule?
  10. 00:53:12: APIs on Other Platforms?
  11. 00:58:53: The Future is Mastodon
  12. 01:03:35: A Done Deal
  13. 01:08:07: Wrapping Up


Intro and outro theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW

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