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Old Aug 27, 2012, 05:50 PM   #1
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Tweetbot for Mac Alpha Program Ended Over Twitter API Restrictions






Following 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.
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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.

Article Link: Tweetbot for Mac Alpha Program Ended Over Twitter API Restrictions
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Old Aug 27, 2012, 05:54 PM   #2
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Old Aug 27, 2012, 05:54 PM   #3
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Wow

That was fast!
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Old Aug 27, 2012, 05:56 PM   #4
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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.
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Old Aug 27, 2012, 05:57 PM   #5
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Given additional requirements for 3rd party clients, which would in turn help Twitter monetize better, token limit seems rather absurd.
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Old Aug 27, 2012, 06:08 PM   #6
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If only twitter could be more like facebook. And so it was.
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Old Aug 27, 2012, 06:10 PM   #7
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Not had the chance to sample the Alpha for Mac, but IMO TweetBot for iOS is the best Twitter client by far - and walks all over Twitter's own client app. I can see all the commercial reasons for trying to impose control of the ecosystem, but this seems to be a bad move.
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Old Aug 27, 2012, 06:12 PM   #8
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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
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Old Aug 27, 2012, 06:14 PM   #9
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I'm just surprised the Twitter craze has lasted this long...
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Old Aug 27, 2012, 06:26 PM   #10
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Okay, twitter, you want your great first party experience? Where is my twitter for mac that supports the retina display?
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Here we go.
Victim number 1, check.

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Old Aug 27, 2012, 06:27 PM   #12
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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/twitt...e-youre-using/
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Old Aug 27, 2012, 06:28 PM   #13
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Twitter app for OSX and iOS suck balls.
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Old Aug 27, 2012, 06:43 PM   #14
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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.
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.
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Old Aug 27, 2012, 06:45 PM   #15
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Twitter app for OSX and iOS suck balls.
Seconded. And you can add Facebook to that list (even though it's ios app has become better).

If I want to social network I'll do it by browser to get a full experience.
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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.
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Old Aug 27, 2012, 07:05 PM   #17
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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.
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Old Aug 27, 2012, 07:31 PM   #18
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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.
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Aw cheese, no I wish I would've grabbed it while I had the chance. Tweetbot for iPad is a godsend and Twitter for Mac sucks. Oh well, hopefully it'll come out of beta soon!

What am I saying? I only use Twitter to follow Notch, Jeb and Dinnerbone lol.
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Old Aug 27, 2012, 11:16 PM   #20
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Not sure why Twitter are catching flack for this.

Tapabots want to hold on to their 100,000 tokens until they can make money from them by selling their apps. They don't want to give any of them away via their beta programme as it will cost them sales and profit in the future. Whilst Twitter provide Tapabots with the services they in effect resell and don't charge them for it.

I'd say Tapabots are the ones in the wrong here.
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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.
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Old Aug 28, 2012, 12:43 AM   #22
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So will the for sale version be limited in the app store?!
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Old Aug 28, 2012, 09:21 AM   #23
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So basically Twitter is now putting a limit on how many users a third-party Twitter application can have.

I wonder when Tweetbot for iOS and the rest of the third-party will be affected.

It only seems to be a question of when.
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So basically Twitter is now putting a limit on how many users a third-party Twitter application can have.

I wonder when Tweetbot for iOS and the rest of the third-party will be affected.

It only seems to be a question of when.
They already are. The official Twitter post mentioned in the article references it, albeit a little obscurely; however this post from Tapbots (TweetBot developer) explains it a little better:

http://tapbots.com/blog/news/dont-panic

Obviously that was written before they decided to pull the TweetBot for Mac alpha.
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They already are. The official Twitter post mentioned in the article references it, albeit a little obscurely; however this post from Tapbots (TweetBot developer) explains it a little better:

http://tapbots.com/blog/news/dont-panic

Obviously that was written before they decided to pull the TweetBot for Mac alpha.
Yeah maybe they will panic now.
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