Tweetbot developers confirm app is officially dead

Tweetbot has been shut down after Twitter suspended access to the client.


Earlier this week, Twitter began enforcing rules on its API that resulted in a significant portion of users losing access to long-standing third-party apps. Among these apps was Tweetbot, one of the more popular Twitter companion apps. Though users had been holding out hope that the app would be able to function again, that won’t be the case. Tweetbot’s developers have confirmed that the app is officially dead.

Tapbots, the developer of Tweetbot, shared a post to its Twitter account to share the unfortunate news about the app. In the tweet, the company thanks fans for sticking with the app over the last 12 years, and chalks the shutdown up to problems “beyond our control.” On the official Tweetbot website, the developer provides additional details on the platform’s demise.

An image of someone using the Tweetbot mobile app.

Source: Talbots

Unfortunately, there is nothing Tweetbot (or any similar apps) can do to skirt Twitter’s rules about third-party apps using its API. Users first started to experience widespread issues earlier this week, in a tweet, the company stated that it was simply enforcing long-standing rules. Tweetbot’s primary functionality was to improve the Twitter user experience by adding more customization and quality-of-life features.

Following several of the changes that have come to Twitter under Elon Musk, several users have fled to other social media platforms. Tapbots is doing the same, and has shared its Ivory companion app for Mastodon. To keep up with the Twitter circus, Shacknews has all the information you need.

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    January 20, 2023 2:00 PM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Tweetbot developers confirm app is officially dead

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      January 20, 2023 2:04 PM

      And thousands of "Learn to Program" YouTube tutorials suddenly became obsolete.

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      January 20, 2023 2:34 PM

      When will everyone pull out of Twitter? Is Shacknews going to stop putting content on it?

      Twitter went from just being another tech company doing some things good and some things not great to one of the most hostile terrible tech companies to every single one of its customers I can think of right now.

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        January 20, 2023 3:27 PM

        It costs nothing to reach users, why stop using Twitter just because Elon is crazy. Should you stop using Microsoft and Google products after they layed off 20,000 people while achieving record profits?

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          January 20, 2023 6:19 PM

          I imagine being associated with Nazis isn’t a good thing. A large reason marketers pulled out.

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        January 20, 2023 6:05 PM

        I pulled my entire Twitter marketing budget and strategy. Fuck Twitter.

      • Zek legacy 10 years legacy 20 years
        January 20, 2023 6:26 PM

        I don't think there's going to be a sudden exodus. I think the company will slowly collapse for financial reasons, becoming less and less capable of keeping the lights on. Every aspect of it will become shittier and shittier, features will keep being removed, etc. And at some point one of its competitors will begin gaining more traction.

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      January 20, 2023 2:35 PM


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      January 20, 2023 6:21 PM

      And with it I've spotted viewing twitter

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      January 20, 2023 6:33 PM

      How many other social media sites lockout their API? seems like a losing strategy

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      January 20, 2023 8:12 PM

      I guess I’m done with Twitter on my phone. The Tweetbot app was great.

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      January 20, 2023 8:53 PM

      I'm still enjoying Mastodon. With the influx of users and donations over the last couple months, it feels like it's only going to get better this year.

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      January 23, 2023 9:23 PM

      If they're blocking third party clients, what's the point of trying to get onto their development platform?

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