Windows and Android clients pulled from app stores on breaching token limitation
Twitter is again under fire as clients Tweetro (http://tweetroapp.com) and Tweet Lanes (www.tweetlanes.com) were pulled by devs for exceeding Twitter’s 100,000 user-login token limit. Tweetbot (http://tapbots,com/software/tweetbot) survived in the short term, but only by putting off some users with its price point.
In August 2012, Twitter said API changes would result in limitations, and warned developers off creating Twitter clients. However, it added could “work with us directly” if requiring extra user tokens. Lazyworm Applications (www.lazywormapps.com) co-founder Atta Elayyan told .net Twitter nonetheless refused extra tokens for Tweetro: “Twitter wasn’t interested in giving us an exemption, despite no official alternative for Windows 8 existing. That highlights Twitter’s stance towards third-party clients, but more importantly shows Twitter is no longer the open platform developers had been so fond of.” Elayyan said it would be naïve to think the network wouldn’t make further changes down the line and warned anyone considering developing for Twitter to “tread carefully”.
In the short term, Elayyan said Tweetro will relaunch as a paid app, like Tweetbot for OS X, but admitted if it wasn’t for the “overwhelmingly positive response received from the Windows 8 community,” the project would have been shelved.
Instapaper founder Marco Arment agreed, arguing on his blog (www.marco.org) that “it would be stupid for anyone to build a business on Twitter with such unstable footing”. He added if your plan was to stay under the 100,000-token limit, you’d “be a fool to believe in the safety and longevity of that exemption”. #