17% of Twitter Usage Came from Third Party Apps

Posted by Matt Birchler
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Andrew Logan: Two Texas Indie Developers Made It Big on Twitter a Decade Ago. Now They’re Fighting It.

about 17 percent of engagement on Twitter, historically, was through third-party apps

17% is actually much higher than I expected, especially after years of seeing many people dismiss third party apps as effectively just something that like 100 nerds used but don't actually matter.

“It’s just a chickenshit maneuver on Twitter’s part,” said Craig Hockenberry, developer of third-party app Twitterific. “The thing that bothers me the most is just the lack of respect that they showed us and basically everybody else in the developer ecosystem.”

Well said.