Tweetbot for Mac Alpha Program Ended Over Twitter API Restrictions

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    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.
    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
  2. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
  3. HMI macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2012
  4. rorschach macrumors 68020


    Jul 27, 2003
    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.
  5. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    Given additional requirements for 3rd party clients, which would in turn help Twitter monetize better, token limit seems rather absurd.
  6. chrmjenkins macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    If only twitter could be more like facebook. And so it was.
  7. FourCandles macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2009
    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.
  8. kirky29 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Lincolnshire, England
    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 ;)
  9. Pakaku macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2009
    I'm just surprised the Twitter craze has lasted this long...
  10. haruhiko macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2009
    Okay, twitter, you want your great first party experience? Where is my twitter for mac that supports the retina display?
  11. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
  12. FourCandles macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2009
  13. OtherJesus macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2005
    Bay Area, California
  14. Flitzy Guest

    Oct 20, 2010
    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.
  15. jj47 macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2012
    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.
  16. rorschach macrumors 68020


    Jul 27, 2003
    If it was really about money, Twitter would have set up a licensing program and allowed any client with over X users to pay.
  17. Flitzy Guest

    Oct 20, 2010
    Why should they? Twitter shouldn't be obligated to provide resources for beta testing their app.

    This is just more developer whining.
  18. rorschach macrumors 68020


    Jul 27, 2003
    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.
  19. stiligFox macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2009
    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.
  20. babyj macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2006
    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.
  21. petsounds macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    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.
  22. kristoffer4 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 17, 2006
    So will the for sale version be limited in the app store?! :confused:
  23. Northgrove macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2010
    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.
  24. FourCandles macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2009
    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:

    Obviously that was written before they decided to pull the TweetBot for Mac alpha.
  25. chuckiej macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2003
    Yeah maybe they will panic now.

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