back to article Third-party Twitter apps stopped dead with no explanation from El Musko

Numerous third-party Twitter clients stopped working on Thursday evening, Pacific Time, and as of Friday morning, they remained non-functional. It's not clear why this occurred. The developers of apps like Twitterrific, Tweetbot, Echofon, and other third-party apps for interacting with Twitter have been unable to learn more …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What a beautiful bit of sarcasm..

    Twitter developers, long accustomed to indifferent, inconsistent treatment under previous management, can now enjoy active contempt.

    If things were still working this would have possibly lead to a TSMB (Thin Skinned Musk Ban) as it's not complimenting the brilliantness of Musk's leadership.

    And yet it's so, so true. Thanks for the chuckle..

    1. bazza Silver badge
      Pint

      Re: What a beautiful bit of sarcasm..

      Active contempt? Active contempt? You lucky, lucky bar stewards. When I were a lad, we'd have wept with joy to have been met with just active contempt. We ad to search through reams of made up assembler neumonics to find an API call in an actual book, wearing a blindfold with random pages made out of tin foil wired to the national grid. An if we were lucky to find out how to make an API call, we'd have to sacrifice a close relative to appease the API God to ave any ope of getting a return. Pah, active contempt is for softies, I can tell you. Next thing you'll be complaining that your mechanical keyboard is too noisy.

      (TSMB is great btw!)

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: What a beautiful bit of sarcasm..

        Active contempt is for softies, you say?

        Ohh we used to DREAM of active contempt. WE only had Microsofties, and the only thing active in our lives was ActiveX.

        But you try telling the youth of today

      2. CrazyOldCatMan Silver badge

        Re: What a beautiful bit of sarcasm..

        find an API call in an actual book

        Ah memories.. back when I was still pretending to be a programmer (1994-5 ish) - writing a small .com binary that used DOS system calls (from the Big Book of DOS Internals) to enumerate all the OS2 Lan Server print servers on the network, connect to the default share (by default open to everyone) on each print server then crawl down the directories to see what people had dumped on there (people generally didn't know how to connect to those shares so those in the know used to use them to pass pirated stuff around).

        Some very interesting content.. this was before the days of usuable video content so none of it was *that* interesting..

        Sadly, people noticed that the LAN (IBM 4MB Token-Ring) got quite slow and eventually worked out why. So I could only run it out of hours..

        I grew out of being a programmer and started doing support. Much easier, even with having to deal with programmers..

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "...can now enjoy active contempt."

    latest thought droppings .... "virtue rises with the sun" and sets with musk?

    Really sets new standards of buffoonery to which the likes of Boris Johnson could only aspire.

    What constitutes some people's idea of enjoyment does verge on the incomprehensible but based on my little exposure to "social media" I am not sure I really have any desire to understand.

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: "...can now enjoy active contempt."

      I wonder exactly how far North he is to have an 0814 sunrise? Clearly he had a lie in that morning and probably his "virtue" was all used up by sunset at about 1600ish. Doe this mean his virtue is not only dependant on daylight, but it varies in start/stop times based on his latitude and time of the year? As someone who owns at least three private jets, this may explain a lot about his strange behaviour.

      1. keithpeter Silver badge
        Pint

        Re: "...can now enjoy active contempt."

        Round about 52 degrees north

        (Greetings from the Midlands)

        Icon: no coffee pot available here

  3. sarusa
    Unhappy

    Mars Ahoy

    Yeah, this is just the kind of angry petulant toddler you want in control of your life on Mars.

    1. Andy 73

      Re: Mars Ahoy

      "Dome Nine - you have not been consuming your required minimum number of Musk-Bisks. Oxygen will be limited until you meet the corporation's expectations. Peace, citizens of Mars. Virtue rises with the sun."

    2. simonlb
      Big Brother

      Re: Mars Ahoy

      "Take two blue pills. In ten minutes, take two more. Help is on the way."

      1. Paul Crawford Silver badge

        Re: Mars Ahoy

        Viagra will help?

        Hmm, at least I will have something to play with while waiting...

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Mars Ahoy

          You're a hard man.

          No, wait ..

    3. mobailey

      Re: Mars Ahoy

      re: "Sorry, when exactly are you going to sod off to Mars, mate?"

      But as soon as he got to Mars, he'd fire half the astronauts.

      -mobailey

    4. Lee D

      Re: Mars Ahoy

      We've all seen Total Recall.

      And at least that guy had some logic / rationale of purpose, even if it was outright greed.

      I think I'd rather have him over Musk, at least you can predict what he's going to do next.

  4. gecho

    Live

    I noticed this week that Twitter got rid of live (ie: chronological) results for hashtags. It's making Twitter useless as a local news source for me since it only shows Top results from a week ago.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Live

      Still an option for me on twitter mobile web (in portrait mode)

      https://mobile.twitter.com/search?q=%23london&src=typed_query&f=live

  5. Winkypop Silver badge
    Facepalm

    When you’re in a hole

    Keep digging?

    1. chivo243 Silver badge
      Windows

      Re: When you’re in a hole

      dig faster? Dig deeper?

      1. nematoad Silver badge
        Happy

        Re: When you’re in a hole

        dig faster? Dig deeper?

        Just the job for the Boring Company.

      2. Jimmy2Cows Silver badge

        Re: Dig deeper?

        No, no, no, dig up! Any fule kno that's how you get out of a hole.

    2. zuckzuckgo Silver badge

      Re: When you’re in a hole

      When you're an a-hole ...

      Fixed that for you.

    3. hittitezombie

      Re: When you’re in a hole

      Good news! He's got a company for that!

  6. redpawn

    Genius is as Geius does

    I would have said "Monkey see, Monkey do" but that would have yielded better results for Twitter. All hail that panjandrum who is Musk.

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: Genius is as Ge[n]ius does

      Weirdly, just before reading this I saw a program on the telly which in part was talking about the WWII weapon, the Panjandrum, and it's total and hilarious failure to work as intended :-)

      1. Arthur the cat Silver badge

        Re: Genius is as Ge[n]ius does

        Wikipedia: Panjandrum, also known as The Great Panjandrum, was a massive, rocket-propelled, explosive-laden cart designed by the British military during World War II.

        Me, glossobuccalicly: what could possibly go wrong?

  7. trevorde Silver badge

    Extended error message

    {

    "title": "Unauthorized",

    "type": "about:blank",

    "status": 401,

    "detail": "Everyone is Unauthorized except me-Elon Musk (mwah ha ha ha ha)"

    }

  8. trindflo Bronze badge
    Happy

    Mastodon is pretty good

    May I recommend hachyderm? https://hachyderm.io

  9. T. F. M. Reader Silver badge
    Coat

    From the article

    "It may be that the authentication issues are a consequence of lack of ad visibility or payment in affected clients."

    And Twitter has no one left to change the 401 Unauthorized code to 402 Payment Required? --->

  10. Dan 55 Silver badge

    Fritter (F-Droid, Play Store) is still working.

    That's a read-only Twitter client which doesn't need an account, probably the best way to use Twitter after not using it, since they can't keep account details safe either.

    1. Uncle Slacky
      Thumb Up

      AndStatus is also working: https://f-droid.org/en/packages/org.andstatus.app/

      1. DvorakUser

        Also working

        The Choqok client (https://sourceforge.net/projects/choqok/) is still working for me as well.

  11. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    The meltdown continues

    Clumsy bull in China shop keeps breaking things. Soon will get angry because of all the broken pieces lying on the floor.

    The only question remaining is : when will the fire start ?

    1. Khaptain Silver badge

      Re: The meltdown continues

      Personally, I believe that Musk is going to make Twitter a much better platform.. It just won't be the one that those on the extreme left want to keep in their control..

      It's actually a win-win for everyone except for the extreme left/right who no-one wants anyway.. The far right are the same as the far left in the context that they are both extremists within their respective points of view...

      What this will eventually do is allow the non-extremist leftists and rightists to communicate like adults rather than the childish antics and comments of the others...

      Why would that be a bad thing ? Unless of course there are ulterior motives !!

      1. veti Silver badge

        Re: The meltdown continues

        And what do you base that belief on? The one about Musk's plan for Twitter, I mean.

        1. Khaptain Silver badge

          Re: The meltdown continues

          Because Musk is capable of putting together some very clever people and then making things come to life.

          1. Insert sadsack pun here

            Re: The meltdown continues

            "Because Musk is capable of putting together some very clever people and then making things come to life."

            Musk is certainly capable of it (just like Trump could have hired "all the best people", as he promised). But that doesn't seem to be his plan for Twitter.

          2. Alistair
            Windows

            Re: The meltdown continues

            Khaptain:

            Musk has certainly brought together an awesome group of folks to accomplish something a few times in the past. One thing in there is that he has always started the process, then handed off the overall accomplishment of the task to the awesome group that he put together.

            Until he gets his hands off the steering wheel, this vehicle is gonna be bouncing off a *lot* of things in its path.

            And in this particular case, he has absolutely set himself up for failure on a spectacular scale. The *very* few people with the vision and perspective required to coordinate and quarterback an entity like twitter into a 'brilliant model of the town square' are very, very, likely to be vehemently against almost *every* action he's taken so far with the company.

            Furthermore, Musk isn't about removing the extremes from the fold. He's absolutely about "Free speech for all". And the extremes of all sorts are going to jump on that bus constantly, littering the application with a far larger number of them. Besides, with that attitude, you're going to get a 4chan mentality in a hurry. Humans devolve to the lowest common function in large numbers in all cases.

            WRtA, while twatter appears to have killed their API for 3rd parties, keep in mind that FB did something pretty damn similar about 2 weeks ago AFAIK.

      2. Paul Crawford Silver badge
        Facepalm

        Re: The meltdown continues

        What this will eventually do is allow the non-extremist leftists and rightists to communicate like adults rather than the childish antics and comments of the others...

        Gee, have you ever actually used social media?

      3. John H Woods

        Re: The meltdown continues

        As I get accused of beivg a left wing extremist when I quote Adam Smith, I'd have to disagree.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: The meltdown continues

          With all this talk of extremes in political opinion on a UK site, I think the US "conservative" Wikipedia knock-off covers things "appropriately" around the important issues of abortion, gun control, same-sex marriage and the death penalty.

          https://www.conservapedia.com/Conservative_Party_(UK)

        2. Arthur the cat Silver badge
          Facepalm

          Re: The meltdown continues

          As I get accused of being a left wing extremist when I quote Adam Smith, I'd have to disagree.

          Speechless.

        3. hittitezombie

          Re: The meltdown continues

          Unless you're on the right of Mr. Genghis Khan, it doesn't count.

      4. kat_bg

        Re: The meltdown continues

        Please define extreme left for the non-US people, as I have a distinct feeling that americans have no clue what extreme left mean

        1. Dan 55 Silver badge

          Re: The meltdown continues

          Extreme centrist dad.

        2. arctic_haze

          Re: The meltdown continues

          It's simple. You are extreme left in the US if you believe no one should be too poor to buy food, have a roof above his/her head and have access to medical help just because he/she is unable to work.

      5. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: The meltdown continues

        You're comparing annoying SJWs to violent Nazi racists who want to overthrow democracy?

        Don't tell me - there are "good people on both sides"?

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: The meltdown continues

          Your proving of their point was so good, it's almost suspicious.

      6. DS999 Silver badge

        Re: The meltdown continues

        What this will eventually do is allow the non-extremist leftists and rightists to communicate like adults

        No, they will be shouted down by the extremists who will dominate any platform with "maximal free speech" where you can make just about any threat you want so long as it isn't a threat to Musk himself (the level for speech to Musk being "very minimal free speech", because he subscribes the stereotypical dad philosophy of "my house, my rules")

        1. Khaptain Silver badge

          Re: The meltdown continues

          because he subscribes the stereotypical dad philosophy of "my house, my rules")

          And isnt that exactly ones of the reasons that bought Twitter ? It was happening on all the other sites .

      7. small and stupid

        Re: The meltdown continues

        Lol top Poe

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