MetroTwit shutting down due to access token limit

In March 2012, three programmers (Long Zheng, David Golden and Winston Pang) launched version 1.0 of MetroTwit for Windows 7 and Vista. It became one of the most popular third party apps for accessing Twitter. Later, the team released a Windows 8 Modern UI version.

Both apps were released before Twitter decided in August 2012 to change their developer APIs so they could enforce their own limits on how many users each third party app could have. Today, the MetroTwit team sadly announced that the "access token limit" is forcing them to shut down both MetroTwit for the desktop and for Windows 8.

In a blog post, the team stated they were closing both apps ahead of actually reaching the token limit "due to technical limitations of Twitter’s API which may prevent existing users from accessing the app after the limit has been crossed." People who have already downloaded and use either one or both apps can continue to use them forever, but MetroTwit itself can no longer be downloaded and current apps won't be updated anymore. People who have paid for the $4.99 MetroTwit Plus will also still be authenticated.

In their final message, the MetroTwit team said they were grateful for the 400,000 users that have accessed their program during its development. They added:

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.

The Verge reports that the MetroTwit team did make an appeal to Twitter to increase their access token limit for their apps, but that request was denied.

Source: MetroTwit via The Verge | Image via MetroTwit

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Doesn't Twitter realize if they made a better app of their own that people would want to use it? I'm not a huge Twitter user, but I just haven't liked Twitter's own app at all. On Windows 8, have MetroTwit and Rowi. Prefer Rowi in features but MetroTwit in design.

Note that Yahoo is doing the same thing - and they STILL have not wised up and moved to a standard mail protocol for Yahoo Mail.

I can't see why Twitter need to limit the amount of users each third party app can have it's a very pointless and stupid idea, you'd think twitter would want to expand their reach by what ever means necessary.

This sucks! Am I correct in thinking that if I get a new PC or reload my current one I won't be able to get a copy of MetroTwit?

jonbjerke said,
This sucks! Am I correct in thinking that if I get a new PC or reload my current one I won't be able to get a copy of MetroTwit?

I saw that question somewhere else. You need to find a way to keep your token.

rfirth said,

I saw that question somewhere else. You need to find a way to keep your token.

I'm pretty sure you don't need to do anything special, as long as you use the same Twitter account (and don't go revoke MetroTwit's permissions from the app permissions page).

Of course, I recommend trying Tweetium instead ;-)

Sucks to see it go. I use it everyday!

If I remember correctly, a user started the idea right here on Neowin forums. Long found the thread and started discussing about a project he was thinking of at the same time. That eventually lead to a merger of the two, which turned into MetroTwit.

The Metro version of the app never worked as it should. After about 5 minutes, the scrollbar would snap down to the middle, rather than stay at the top and load new tweets.
I reported the issue and they said they'd work on it.

Shame, because it's vastly superior to the official twitter app.

It actually annoyed me for almost the opposite reason... I'd be scrolling down the list of tweets, then it would load new ones and snap the column back to the top so I lost my place. And it did it constantly. I honestly think that one problem is the reason I've barely looked at Twitter in the last year, when I used Seesmic on an Android tablet I was on it daily.

I just downloaded and installed Tweetium, I can recommend it from my limited use of it thus far.

It has updating timestamps (the lack of which annoyed me to no end with the official Twitter app), inline image loading, no scrolling bug, better profile viewing, etc.

I'm not the biggest fan of the font/design choices, but I can live with it.

Relevant to you: It doesn't snap you back if you've scrolled down, so you might want to check it out if you're thinking of keeping a twitter feed snapped to the left side of your left-most monitor like I do.

I downloaded it over a year ago, and it showed me as having no pervious tweets, no contacts, and and it wouldn't let me tweet.

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Hopefully it will continue to work for a good while yet, haven't seen anything worth switching to yet! (I use the desktop version of MetroTwit).

Steven P. said,
Hopefully it will continue to work for a good while yet, haven't seen anything worth switching to yet! (I use the desktop version of MetroTwit).

Tweetium is awesome.

Steven P. said,
Won't TweetDeck eventually suffer the same fate?

Don't think so. TweetDeck is owned by Twitter so they don't have the same limits token wise.

Draconian Guppy said,
I never understood these apps on a modern OS (windows, OSX etc) I can understand on a phone.
I use a Twitter app on my computer (Socialite for OSX). I personally have an account that subscribes to all the news/tech sites I used to check manually and now I know usually in almost real time when a new story is out.

Yes RSS would work but I never managed to get RSS to work the way I wanted