Mustard, my usual Android app for Twitter, stopped working yesterday. At first I thought: uh-oh, network problems! Then: ugh, certificate crap? Bingo. Twitter changed their API, and just like that, Mustard, Zwitscher (another nice Android Twitter client), and Turpial (Ubuntu) are no longer usable.
Twitter's heavy-handed way of making people use its website and official Android app did lead me to try the official Android app. It has a nice interface. Perhaps it even delivers a nicer experience than the three programs I mentioned. But it’s the spirit of the thing that matters to me: I prefer inferior an inferior open source experience, to a superior somebody-else-has-all-control experience. I also prefer no advertising. The Twitter for Android app is already showing me “Promoted Tweets” for fast food chains and pro-industry faux grass-roots energy policy advocacy groups . To hell with those.
Hopefully, volunteer software developers, bless their hearts, will find the time to make Mustard, Zwitscher and Turpial function again. I’m looking forward to it.
For now, I’ve got only two ways of interacting with Twitter: through their website, and through their app. I enjoy using Twitter to stay connected to people and information that’s useful and interesting to me, but I don’t need it. They have something kinda nice going for them, but it’s nothing I’m dependent on, nothing I won’t give up if they screw up the Android or web interfaces even more.
Researching this stuff, I caught wind of pump.io. Maybe that’s the next step for microblogging?