Notifications for third-party apps

Last year after Twitter changed their streaming API so that apps like Twitterrific and Tweetbot could no longer use it, I blogged that I wanted to do everything I could to support third-party apps:

With that in mind, I’ve mentioned before that I’d like to offer a push notification service for developers. iOS and Android developers could upload their push notification credentials from Apple and Google. would store them and deliver push notifications directly to third-party apps.

That is now a reality. Today there’s a new beta of Gluon for that includes push notifications. sends the notifications on behalf of Gluon so developer Vincent Ritter doesn’t need to run his own server.

The other popular iOS app for is the open source Icro. I’ve added a comment to this Icro issue on GitHub with details on the new API. I’m looking forward to working with anyone building native apps for to enable push notifications for their app.

Manton Reece @manton
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