Twitter Apps - these are the 3rd party applications which interact with twitter and provide some extra/advanced services that twitter doesn't provide. One such app is Twply which sends your twitter replies to your Inbox. This is really great, whenever someone replies to me, I get notified.
There is one problem with such twitter apps. Some apps, like Twply, requires your twitter password to interact with your twitter account. There is no way these twitter apps can fetch your twitter information without your password.
Twply was launched on Thursday January 1st 2009 and sold to SitePoint in less than 24 hrs! All the data, including your twitter password is now sold to SitePoint. Nobody knows what happened to the user data and its still a mystery. The reason the service was sold was that the Twply servers were not able to handle the load and the overwhelming traffic.
Robert Scoble has called Twply "twitter spam" but launched and sold in the same day with all the user information - is this a scam?