+1 on this.
Going back to pre-2012 twitter is going to be so painful, I remember the days when during breaking news you’d be manually refreshing your timeline and have to stop for 10 minutes until your rate limit resets.
If your own apps can refresh every 2 seconds (Tweetdeck) then it would be nice if you’d let third party apps do that, but I’d even take once every 15 seconds (60 calls per 15 minutes) - that way apps could do every 20 seconds, and have a buffer for manual refreshes.
This would solve my biggest frustration with the API changes.
I’m also willing to bet that the 1% of people who use streaming clients make up significantly more than 1% of activity on the platform.