Only 58% of tweets come from official Twitter clients, according to new data from Sysomos, shedding some light on Twitter platform chief Ryan Sarver’s assertion last week that “90% of all active Twitter users use official Twitter apps on a monthly basis.”
While that 90% figure might very well be true, it doesn’t accurately reflect the popularity of third-party Twitter clients. Of the 25 million tweets sampled since Twitter released its API on March 11, 42% came from non-official apps, Sysomos finds.
The most popular third-party apps were TweetDeck, accounting for 5.5% of all tweets and 13.1% of all tweets from non-official apps, followed by UberSocial and Echofone, all of which are owned by UberMedia.
TweetDeck founder Iain Dodsworth was unable to confirm the findings, as the startup “no longer tracks [its] ecosystem share by the number of tweets sent,” he explained over e-mail. “Instead we focus on our active user number and various levels of engagement within TweetDeck, all of which show strong growth especially over the past six months,” he said.
So while it may be true that Twitter users log on to Twitter.com or the official Twitter application for iPhone a few times per month, third-party clients are still very popular, especially, as tweet percentages suggest, among the service’s heaviest users.
Nevertheless, Twitter has made it clear that it does not want developers to make Twitter clients any longer, citing the importance of providing a consistent user experience across all platforms. Whether Twitter will be able to improve its apps enough to draw users away from third-party clients organically, or will have to take stricter measures to eliminate the competition, remains to be seen.
Do you still use third-party apps to access Twitter, or do you prefer Twitter’s official suite of apps for desktop and mobile devices?
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- Just How Popular Are Unofficial Twitter Clients? (readwriteweb.com)
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- Report: Use Of Third-Party Twitter Clients Dwindles To 42 Percent (techcrunch.com)
- Third-party Twitter client use down to just 42 percent (intomobile.com)
- TweetDeck Focusing on Web Apps (lockergnome.com)
- Twitter plans to wipe all 3rd party applications (chatootsboots.wordpress.com)
- TweetDeck teases new iOS app, will launch in a “couple of weeks” (thenextweb.com)
- Twitter explains why developers shouldn’t build new clients (thenextweb.com)
- Twitter Cracks Down on Third-Party Clients (webpronews.com)
- Twitter angers third-party developers with ‘no more timelines’ urging (guardian.co.uk)