Tweetbot for Mac Alpha Program Ended Over Twitter API Restrictions

NewImageFollowing the introduction of new Twitter API guidelines -- the rules by which third-party Twitter clients must abide -- Tweetbot has decided to end the pre-release testing program of TweetBot for Mac.

The public Alpha program began more than a month ago to help Tweetbot get feedback on the Mac Twitter client as the developers moved towards final release.

One of the API changes relates to how many "tokens" a particular Twitter app can have, limiting the total number of customers an app can serve without approval from Twitter. In order to protect their ability to sell the maximum number of copies of the app going forward, Tweetbot has discontinued the alpha program and ceased distribution of the app.
As some of you may have already noticed the download link for the Tweetbot for Mac alpha no longer works. Twitter’s latest API Changes means now we have a large but finite limit on the number of user tokens we can get for Tweetbot for Mac. We’ve been working with Twitter over the last few days to try to work around this limit for the duration of the beta but have been unable to come up with a solution that was acceptable to them. Because of this we’ve decided its best for us to pull the alpha.
More than a few pundits have expressed their displeasure with the situation, putting the blame squarely on Twitter. Even so, at this point, Tweetbot for Mac will be available for sale "in the near future" and the developers are merely stopping the public phase of prerelease testing.

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27 months ago
What makes/made Twitter great was the unique apps people made and how it could be built to look like anything...... why would/should people bother now that Twitter tells them what it's gotta look like right down to the fonts..

This could be the beginning of the end for Twitter...

Or maybe this will be forgotten about in a few months ;)
Rating: 11 Votes
27 months ago
Thanks a lot Twitter :rolleyes:
Rating: 8 Votes
27 months ago
Twitter is shooing themselves in the foot imo. One of the major reasons for their success is the API and third party developers. Sure they say they'll "work with" individual clients that need more users, but you know this just means "licensing fees", which means only the big guys will get those exceptions.

And they claimed they want developers to create unique experiences and apps for Twitter rather than just recreating the official one. But now they're dictating exactly how every client has to look down to font size, pixel distance between the avatar and tweet, colors, linking, etc. It makes no sense.
Rating: 8 Votes
27 months ago

Why should they? Twitter shouldn't be obligated to provide resources for beta testing their app.

This is just more developer whining.


Nobody says they HAVE to. Nobody is saying they are obligated. They can do whatever they want. But Twitter has been successful to no small degree because of its API and third party developers. So they are shooting themselves in the foot. Those developers will simply migrate to other platforms.

It's just like how Facebook is free to set whatever privacy policies it wants to; but that doesn't mean having one that pisses off users is a good idea.
Rating: 5 Votes
27 months ago
Twitter has also now made it pretty impossible to see which are the popular client apps by removing the information from tweets on the website.

Mashable article here: http://mashable.com/2012/08/27/twitter-stops-showing-service-youre-using/
Rating: 4 Votes
27 months ago

Twitter didn't do anything.

Why should they go out of their way to accommodate a beta test for Tweetbot? I would think that 100,000 users is more than enough considering developers don't have to pay anything to use Twitter's resources.


If it was really about money, Twitter would have set up a licensing program and allowed any client with over X users to pay.
Rating: 3 Votes
27 months ago

If it was really about money, Twitter would have set up a licensing program and allowed any client with over X users to pay.


Why should they? Twitter shouldn't be obligated to provide resources for beta testing their app.

This is just more developer whining.
Rating: 1 Votes
27 months ago

Nobody says they HAVE to. Nobody is saying they are obligated. They can do whatever they want. But Twitter has been successful to no small degree because of its API and third party developers. So they are shooting themselves in the foot. Those developers will simply migrate to other platforms.


Well, in social media 'successful' is sort of a funny term. No one knows how much money Twitter is making for sure, but it doesn't seem to be very much. But they have deep venture capital pockets. Meanwhile its 'ecosystem' is raking in quite a bit of cash. The reason they're doing all this is because they want to control the stream and put ads in it. They want to monetize this huge user base they have. At this point they don't really care about the 3rd party guys who have basically been getting a free ride on the Twitter service.
Rating: 1 Votes
27 months ago
This wouldn't be as bad if Twitter themselves had some of the best and robust apps out there for accessing their service...but they don't. I took both twitter clients off my iPad and iPhone because they'd either crash upon launching, or crash half-way through looking at things. Plus their apps are feature-poor.

Something like Tweet-Bot is excellent, it adds value. It's robust. It has features that Twitter doesn't even have.

But hey, it's Twitter's service, they can do what they want to with it. It's just become very unattractive to me. I use it now for news-feeds flowing through apps like Flipboard. I have specific "lists" of twitter feeds for "news" and "magazines" and "comedy" and things like that. I just flow them through Flipboard and I'm browsing the top stories and reading in-depth articles...just like an old magazine. I'm guessing that it will all go away eventually and I'll have to go back to RSS feeds...which kind of takes away the "man on the street" aspect of some news feeds. If I have to go through Twitter's own apps and website, it's not worth it.
Rating: 1 Votes
27 months ago
Twitter is in self-destruct mode by the looks of it. First they block Instagram users from finding their Twitter friends (which could be argued makes sense due to Facebook acquiring Instagram), then they block Tumblr (who is even a partner with Twitter) and now this whole API fiasco.

Frankly my use of Twitter has been on free fall over the last month or so. Hardly feel the need to use it anymore. With Google+ and RSS Feeds I get all the news and info I need on the things that interest me. I feel less and less the need to use Twitter, which I am finding annoying as of late due to people whom I initially followed because I was interested in what they had to say on a particular subject, merely flood my feed with a bunch of random comments I could care less about ("I got new desk from IKEA!", "I am X airport waiting for Y", who blipping cares?).
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