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Twitter removes client sourcing for tweets on the web

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It might be polite to include a “via” or “h/t” in your tweets that contain information gleaned from other users, but don’t think Twitter will provide that same courtesy to tweets that are delivered by its third-party developers.

Twitter has now removed sourcing on individual tweets accessed on the web that used to indicate which clients or apps were used to publish the tweet, such as Twitter for iPhone, the web, or Tweetbot for iOS. A Twitter spokesperson said the change, which had already been implemented on mobile, is to “simplify” the information being presented, but it comes as Twitter cracks down on external use of its API by third-party developers.

“This is new on web and was already the case on mobile,” said Carolyn Penner, a spokeswoman for Twitter. “This is part of our ongoing work to simplify tweets and emphasize the content being shared.”

This summer, a firestorm between Twitter and developers erupted as Twitter worked to limit the influence of third-party developers using its API and monetize its product. Right now even the smallest of changes, such as the removal of tweet sourcing, is seen by many developers as evidence of Twitter’s increasing control over the product.

Thumbnail image courtesy of Flickr user Rosaura Ochoa

6 Responses to “Twitter removes client sourcing for tweets on the web”

  1. Erica Ayotte

    Maybe this is a stupid question, but will this be removed for Twitter clients as well? Because I’m still seeing that info through Hootsuite. Also wondering if this will affect click through information, such as through bitly or other tools.

    • Eliza Kern

      That’s a good question, I’m actually not sure. The information is still showing up on tweets in my Tweetbot app. So looks like it’ll be there at least a little longer.

    • Eliza Kern

      Slightly different issue, but still related to Twitter’s emerging guidelines for developers. Under new guidelines, Twitter clients have only a certain number of tokens to distribute, and it seems Tweetbot for Mac didn’t want to use them up on their alpha version right now. However, they said Tweetbot for Mac will still be released in the future, it’s just the alpha version that’s no longer public. You can read about it more on their blog here: