In short, anyone who relies on Twitter for timely information will have to switch to the official app, with all its in-timeline ads. Great for Twitter, jarring for users.
But what of the third-party clients? What could they do apart from offer a second-rate service or simply shut down?
What struck me when I read Tweetbot’s changelog was that a lot of those features tie quite nicely into the ‘digital detox’ and ‘time well spent’ movements. What if a Twitter app was built around a slow burn of information rather than a firehose?
Twitter addicts who find themselves compulsively refreshing their Twitter feeds (I count myself as one of these) could benefit with an app with well-designed restrictions.
Sure, not every third-party client could pull this off, but I reckon there’s something in the idea of taking the API limitations and turning them into something positive.
Of course, given how fond Twitter is of changing the goalposts in the future with little communication, I wouldn’t blame developers for just sacking it all in and walking away.