Tapbots readies ‘Ivory’ client for Mastodon as Tweetbot era unceremoniously ends

The mud continues to settle following Twitter’s choice to chop off third-party apps from its API. Twitter’s poorly communicated choice signifies that apps like Twitteriffic and Tweetbot can now not exist. In mild of that, Tapbots has published an official memorial for Tweetbot whereas additionally teasing that “a brand new bot will rise as an alternative and be better than Tweetbot ever was.”

At this time’s obituary for Tweetbot comes after The Iconfactory similarly shut down Twitteriffic yesterday. The writing, after all, has been on the wall for over per week. Twitter first cut off API access for these third-party apps on January 12. The corporate and its proprietor, Elon Musk, stayed silent on the change till January 17, when it issued a weak explanation for the change.

Yesterday, Twitter updated its developer agreement to (very vaguely) handle these modifications, merely saying that builders shouldn’t use the API to “create or try to create a substitute or comparable service or product to the Twitter functions.”

“In Reminiscence of Tweetbot”

In an replace revealed on its web site, Tapbots apologized to Tweetbot customers and thanked them for his or her years of assist. The Tapbots group, nonetheless, additionally teased that despite the fact that Tweetbot is now not, they’re persevering with their work on the Ivory consumer for Mastodon. “Now we have nice plans to make Ivory higher than Tweetbot ever may very well be,” Tapbots says.

Whereas it’s time for us to put it to relaxation, a brand new bot will rise as an alternative and be better than Tweetbot ever was. Constructed on an open and free platform, we’re proud to introduce Ivory for Mastodon. Now we have taken every little thing nice about Tweetbot and used it as the place to begin for the way forward for Ivory. Now we have nice plans to make Ivory higher than Tweetbot ever may very well be.

We hope you be a part of us on this journey to assist make Mastodon a hit. Observe us at @tapbots and @ivory on Mastodon to maintain up with the newest information from us.

Ivory stays restricted to early entry beta testers in the intervening time, however Tapbots has stated it plans to launch a model of the app to the App Retailer prior to initially deliberate due to the Twitter API shutdown.

I’ve had the enjoyment of utilizing Ivory for Mastodon over the past a number of weeks, and it’s extremely spectacular what the Tapbots group has already achieved. The app does a wonderful job of integrating Mastodon options with a well-known design whereas additionally updating that design to really feel fashionable and recent.

I’m excited to see what third-party Mastodon shoppers are capable of do over the approaching months and years. In any case, Twitter has by no means been very pleasant to third-party builders. Creating shoppers primarily based on a way more open commonplace will empower builders to do much more with their third-party apps.

I had enjoyable reading Federico Viticci’s MacStories review of Tweetbot for iPhone this week, first revealed in April 2011. It’s an attractive and heartbreaking stroll down reminiscence lane.

A fast PSA

One factor to bear in mind from The Iconfactory is that this:

Lastly, should you had been subscriber to Twitterrific for iOS, we might ask you to please take into account not requesting a refund from Apple. The lack of ongoing, recurring income from Twitterrific is already going to harm our enterprise considerably, and any refunds will come instantly out of our pockets – not Twitter’s and never Apple’s. To place it merely, 1000’s of refunds could be devastating to a small firm like ours.

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