Over the past few weeks, we noted that popular third-party Twitter client Tweetro has been “completely crippled” because of Twitter’s new 100,000 token limit for users, forcing the developer to pull the app from the Windows Store. And after attempting to negotiate with Twitter about the issue, Tweetro has been unsuccessful at resolving the problem; in other words, Twitter is holding tight on their new API restrictions. Unfortunately, this means that Tweetro — just like Tweetbot for Mac — has decided that it will reintroduce its app on the Windows Store as a paid version to compensate for the user limit.
Tweetro will provide a notice to its free users that they will have to upgrade to the paid app if they wish to continue using the service. While it’s an unfortunate situation for Tweetro’s current user base, it’s really Twitter that is to be blamed. In an attempt to shift users towards its official clients, Twitter is choking third-party clients in what seems like a very unprofessional manner. It’s truly a shame. Anyone that is disappointed with these circumstances is encouraged to get in contact with Twitter and voice your opinion, since enough negative press about what the social network is doing might convince them to at least lighten up on their new policies and give third-party Twitter clients some breathing room again.
A few days ago, it was discovered that Tweetro, a popular third-party Twitter client, had been completely crippled by the effects of Twitter’s new strict 100,000 token limit for its API. Twitter is trying to direct all traffic to its official services instead of those built by the third-party developers that made the company what it is today, which is quite disappointing.
Winsyde now shares a tweet from Tweetro stating that the third-party client has been entirely removed from the Windows Store while it works with Twitter to resolve this issue; however, it does not appear that the firm will have much luck. This is a very frustrating situation for both Tweetro, but this isn’t the first nor is it likely to be the last Twitter client affected by the new API changes introduced last August. Fortunately, at least existing users can still use the platform.
[Tweetro via Winsyde]
Tweetro, a popular Twitter client and one of the most downloaded Windows 8 apps, has fallen victim to Twitter’s strict API policies. “The app is now completely crippled..” says Atta Elayyan, the UX Designer and Co-Founder of Lazyworm Applications Ltd. Users now receive a ”cannot connect to service” notification when opening the app.
Elayyan has stated in an email sent to a Tweetro user that they “were under the impression that Twitter wasn’t going to enforce the token limits until March next year.” What they expected to happen when that time came is unknown, but for the time being, the app is “completely crippled” under Twitter’s control. The developers have reached out to Twitter to confirm this is the case, but have not heard anything back.
There aren’t many other options in the Windows Store
Since Tweetro launched it has been “averaging around 3-4K downloads a day and has had well over 200K downloads.” We even featured Tweetro in our Fantastic App Friday roundup just 2 days ago, and firmly stand on the fact the app is well designed and worthy of the amount of traction it has gained on the Windows Store. After all, there are really no better alternatives at the moment. This is a good example of how Twitter’s API policies hurt the end customer, and we’ll be sure to update you if Twitter makes an official statement or if they decide to extend Tweetro’s API access. For the moment, it seems you’re out of luck if you want a dedicated Twitter client on Windows RT.
With the latest figures boasting that the Windows Store has surpassed 120,000 apps, there are sure to be many fantastic additions coming each and every week to this growing ecosystem. Fantastic App Friday is a weekly feature outlining a few of these new apps, what they do, and why you should get them. Be sure to check back each week to see what’s trending on the Windows Store!
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