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.
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.