Tweetro hits 100k user limit, Windows 8 app removed from store

Looking at the big picture of the Internet, social networking has been around in some shape or form for decades. Instant Messaging clients, message boards and forums, and chat rooms provided the social aspect of the internet long before My Space, Bebo, Twitter and Facebook even existed. Twitter in the grand scheme of the internet is an old dog now, but the site has only been around since July 2006.

Twitter recently updated its terms of service, adding a 100,000 token cap on its third party developers Twitter clients. A token is effectively a user, so once the Twitter client in use hits 100,000 users, the application won’t work, either not connecting or authenticating the user.

Tweetro’s LazywormApps is the latest third party developer to fall victim to this limit. Now that they have reached the 100k mark, the Tweetro app has been removed from the Windows Store. Users are receiving a “cannot connect to service” error when trying to authenticate and the Tweetro devs say the app is “completely crippled” as a direct result. At the moment, LazywormApps is seeking to resolve the issue directly with Twitter and could be forced to release a paid app as a replacement if Twitter doesn’t loosen its policy.

When it first started, the reliance on third party developers to push Twitter via software clients was high. TweetDeck would have to be the most high profile example of one of the clients that was well received by the public, so much so that Twitter purchased TweetDeck in 2011 for around the $50 million mark.

In August, Twitter removed the “via” stamp from posts effectively removing the name of the client application posting tweets.

Source: Winsyde | Image courtesy of tweetroapp.com

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Users who tried tweetro and are no longer using it (like me) can go to twitter.com and revoke access to the app. this will free up some tokens for other users who did like tweetro

They are sounding like AOL when they were trying to protect their AIM platform. Anyone use AIM anymore? Twitter should just have 3rd parties pay for an unlimited license or something.

I really don't understand their logic of limiting 3rd party apps to 100k. Why allow them at all if you're just going to cut everyone off?

jasonon said,
so it shuts down the app after 100k downloads? well that hardly makes any sense at all!

It doesn't shut the app down. If they didn't remove the client from the Windows store then when new users downloaded the app and tried to sign in they wouldn't be able to.

I guess they took it down from the store in order to stop negative reviews from new users that were unable to sign in.

drazgoosh said,
Tweetro is still working for me. So does it only not work for new users?

Whatever you do, DO NOT sign out of tweetro. You won't be able to get back in. If you uninstall, you won't get it back. You can't add a new account either.

drazgoosh said,
Tweetro is still working for me. So does it only not work for new users?

Yep do NOT sign out, I made that mistake, Now it doesn't work

Why don't they just make it a requirement for 3rd party apps to implement their ad mechanism, if that is at all possible.. it wouldn't bother me as i don't find their ad placement intrusive at all.

It's a big shame they are doing this, hurting the guys that helped get them so big, unfortunately it won't hurt twitter as people wouldn't turn their back on it.. it's pathetic because there is no Windows 8 app and the OSX app has been discontinued it looks awful on retina displays, so technically they need developers.

Uplift said,
Why don't they just make it a requirement for 3rd party apps to implement their ad mechanism, if that is at all possible.. it wouldn't bother me as i don't find their ad placement intrusive at all.

It's a big shame they are doing this, hurting the guys that helped get them so big, unfortunately it won't hurt twitter as people wouldn't turn their back on it.. it's pathetic because there is no Windows 8 app and the OSX app has been discontinued it looks awful on retina displays, so technically they need developers.

I don't know why the promoted tweets don't show in 3rd party clients, AFAIK 3rd party client developers don't have to do anything to add the promoted tweets in, twitter would just have to start serving them along with the regular twitter stream that the 3rd party devs use.

unabatedshagie said,

I don't know why the promoted tweets don't show in 3rd party clients, AFAIK 3rd party client developers don't have to do anything to add the promoted tweets in, twitter would just have to start serving them along with the regular twitter stream that the 3rd party devs use.

nah, there IS a difference. basically you need to let the user KNOW it is a sponsored tweet. just showing it there in the user stream doesnt really help. but twitter could make it a requirement for 3rd party apps to show the sponsored tweets correctly

Julius Caro said,

nah, there IS a difference. basically you need to let the user KNOW it is a sponsored tweet. just showing it there in the user stream doesnt really help. but twitter could make it a requirement for 3rd party apps to show the sponsored tweets correctly

You're right, I totally missed that.

They probably will be some requirement in the future as I think they have a requirement now for how a tweet should look which I think all clients are going to have to follow.

Is it possible for the some company to put at multiple twitter clients under different brands

eg: "Tweetro #1" - allows up to 99,999 users.. then publish new App with new token "Tweetro #2", and so on. to get around Twitter limitation

Simon- said,
Is it possible for the some company to put at multiple twitter clients under different brands

eg: "Tweetro #1" - allows up to 99,999 users.. then publish new App with new token "Tweetro #2", and so on. to get around Twitter limitation

Valid point worthy of an answer.

Never been more happy that i am not part of that new age social networking nonsense in any form (FB,Twitter etc)

They should ask Tapbots, the guys behind the extremely popular Tweetbot for iOS and OS X. They got the same treatment. Twitter management is dumb. There are other ways to control their platform!

The last Board Meeting at Twitter HQ..............................."Hey guys our user numbers are way up".......................................CEO Responds................."Lock some of em out, I'm too busy playing Tetris to have time for them"..........................................."but, but, but".................................................."JUST DO IT"

Do you hear that? That the sound of Twitter digging out its grave. Their "new" CEO is a moron. He clearly doesn't understand that Twitter wouldn't be what it is today without the 3rd party apps.

Drossel said,
Do you hear that? That the sound of Twitter digging out its grave. Their "new" CEO is a moron. He clearly doesn't understand that Twitter wouldn't be what it is today without the 3rd party apps.

I saw a survey that someone conducted although I'm buggered if I can find it online again.

They analysed a million tweets and checked which client they tweeted from. Third part clients contributed to a minimal percentage of the million tweets. Think around 75-80% were from official clients.

This may not be a completely accurate representation of all tweets but I'm guessing it's reasonably accurate.

If that's the case I don't think they are that bothered about 3rd party clients that much.

Drossel said,
Do you hear that? That the sound of Twitter digging out its grave. Their "new" CEO is a moron. He clearly doesn't understand that Twitter wouldn't be what it is today without the 3rd party apps.

Twitter web and official twitter client are horrible...absolute worse in terms of design and functionalities

Tweetdeck also once a good and respectable twitter client...now tweetdeck is just another pile of crap after Twitter acquisition

unabatedshagie said,
They analysed a million tweets and checked which client they tweeted from. Third part clients contributed to a minimal percentage of the million tweets. Think around 75-80% were from official clients

Well being as they're ****s and purposely cripple 3rd party apps i'm not surprised.

NoClipMode said,

Well being as they're ****s and purposely cripple 3rd party apps i'm not surprised.

The survey was done after the limits were announced but before they were introduced. So at the time it was conducted they weren't crippling 3rd party clients.

unabatedshagie said,

I saw a survey that someone conducted although I'm buggered if I can find it online again.

They analysed a million tweets and checked which client they tweeted from. Third part clients contributed to a minimal percentage of the million tweets. Think around 75-80% were from official clients.

This may not be a completely accurate representation of all tweets but I'm guessing it's reasonably accurate.

If that's the case I don't think they are that bothered about 3rd party clients that much.

the official twitter apps came from 3rd party apps. wasnt it twibird or something?

Since I don't use Twitter for tweeting, I see nothing wrong with using the standard Twitter application.
Is there a reason that Twitter have put this cap in place?

Intrinsica said,
Since I don't use Twitter for tweeting, I see nothing wrong with using the standard Twitter application.
Is there a reason that Twitter have put this cap in place?

I believe part of the reason is because it's only the official twitter client that shows adverts (or promoted tweets as they call them) so they want to get as many people as possible using the official clients.

unabatedshagie said,

I believe part of the reason is because it's only the official twitter client that shows adverts (or promoted tweets as they call them) so they want to get as many people as possible using the official clients.

I'm sure you're right about the advertising. And they have a right to make money. But there isn't an official Win 8 app yet. I guess you can just use the browser (which is probably what they really want people to do). I think thats why Facebook dragged it's feet on making an ipad app. And there still isn't a windows 8 app for FB either

benalvino said,
I don't know why people even use twitting... it is worst than boring.

Some of us like it. Great way to keep up to date with large numbers of friends, and interest groups at a glance.