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Sunsetting MetroTwit: all good things must come to an end

 

We are saddened to announce the end-of-life of the MetroTwit for Desktop and MetroTwit for Windows 8 apps effective immediately.

 

Due to the ?access token limit? imposed by Twitter since August 2012, we are preemptively sunsetting MetroTwit due to technical limitations of Twitter?s API which may prevent existing users from accessing the app after the limit has been crossed.

 

Effective immediately, we will be removing the MetroTwit for Desktop installer and MetroTwit for Windows 8 Store listing to ensure the app remains usable by all current users.

 

If you?re a current MetroTwit user, we apologise for the inconvenience but don?t worry, the apps you love to use will continue to work. However, we will not be supporting the app or releasing any major new features and updates.

 

We?re extremely proud to have worked on MetroTwit and want to thank the over 400,000 Twitter users who used MetroTwit over the past 4 years and have helped shape and support it.

 

A very special thanks to our MetroTwit Loop beta group who have been our exceedingly enthusiastic supporters and have let us know both the good and bad about MetroTwit since our first beta version.

 

None of us could have ever imagined what a humble Photoshop mockup would become as popular and acclaimed as MetroTwit. Not without its challenges and struggles, we?re proud to have worked on this app and its many updates.

 

Once again, thank you all.

 

The MetroTwit team
David Golden, Winston Pang, Long Zheng

 

Source: The MetroTwit blog

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sucks

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:/

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How depressing.

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Why does Twitter have those restrictions?

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Grr. I wish I downloaded a copy before they nixed it so unexpectedly. I hope someone posts the install file somewhere for the desktop version.

 

I'm not a heavy Twitter user, but when I tried it on my old laptop when it was first coming out, I liked it. A bit sad to see it discontinued now.

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Why does Twitter have those restrictions?

As a guess, to ensure that it's only their official stuff making money (Twitter's ad partners, etc) and it's done their way or no way.  Yea it's their network but still..  dick move on Twitter's part personally.  Doesn't stop you from doing your own thing for personal use, but effectively puts a stranglehold on third party clients. For example I have a custom program pulling info from multiple sources, Twitter included, and shows the results on a remote display, forwards important stuff to my phone, etc.. doesn't affect that as I'm only using one token, but if you decide to write your own client and want to publish it, it's capped at I think 100K users, which is pretty small as far as Twitter goes.

 

As far as MetroTwit goes, only toyed with it briefly but it looked really nice.  Shame Twitter squeezed them out.

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Why does Twitter have those restrictions?

I think it's to prevent apps from becoming more popular than the official one. It's such a damn shame that they had to discontinue it.

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Never saw the big deal about it to be honest.

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