Key Twitter Feature Breaks, Why That Matters to You

If you haven’t jumped the Twitter ship yet, you may not be able to use it in the way you’re used to today.

The era of Elon Musk’s Twitter  (TWTR) – Get Free Report — a strange sentence to utter aloud, much less type — has certainly been full of surprises.

From selling usernames to suspending journalists and even trying to get people to pay $7.99 for Twitter Blue (a move he rescinded not long after), Musk’s takeover has transformed the social media website into the digital version of the Wild West.

Now those who haven’t fled Twitter screaming yet are dealing with a new problem that has to do with the use of third-party clients.

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What’s Happening at Twitter Now?

On the evening of Jan. 12, around 11 PM EST, people on social media began reporting that third-party apps such as Tweetbot, Echofon, Owly, and Twitterrific weren’t working properly.

People that were able to post to Twitter using the web or phone apps shared their error messages, speculating that it could be an error … or just another incidence of Musk’s quick-fire changes.

Musk, a software developer duo, identified that the Twitter API was the reason for the breakdown, as it is now refusing to authenticate apps.

As of 10:45 am EST, Twitter has offered no explanation for the breakdown. However, the API problem isn’t happening for all third-party products, but only replacements for the actual Twitter app, according to 9 to 5 Google.

One Japanese Twitter user made a spreadsheet of all the third-party services that were down, a total of 23.

Neither Twitter or Musk have made any formal announcements about the situation. However, Twitterrific acknowledged the issue on its own Twitter account, saying it was working on finding out the root of the problem.

Twitter has not responded to TheStreet’s inquiry at the time of publishing.

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