Tweetro+ Windows 8 app released for $9.99

A few weeks ago, we reported that the popular third party Twitter app Tweetro for Windows 8 had been removed from the Windows Store. This was due to the app, from developer Lazyworm Applications, using up its allocated amount of 100,000 licenses. Under Twitter's recently revised rules for third party apps, none of them can go above that amount.

Today, as promised, a new and paid version of Tweetro is now available for download in the Windows Store. The new version, called Tweetro+, is priced at $9.99. In a recent interview with Lazyworm Applications co-founder Atta Elayyan, he told Neowin that the people who have already downloaded the previous free version of Tweetro will have to pay the full price of Tweetro+ in order to continue to use the app.

Tweetro+, like the previous version of the app, has a number of nice features for the hardcore Twitter user, including multiple account support, the ability to place multiple tweet columns on the main hub and more.

It's likely that when Tweetro+ reaches its own 100,000 limit, Lazyworm Applications will be forced once again by Twitter's rules to remove the client from the Windows Store, so if you really want to try this app out, you most likely have a very limited time frame to do so. Meanwhile, Twitter has already announced plans to launch its own Windows 8 client, but there's no word on when that will be released.

Source: Windows Store website | Image via Lazyworm Applications

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Thanks for the reply.

People just don't understand there's a ton of work in apps like this, especially to get it right for all platforms.

So to all the cheapo's out there complaining, read the comment above to better understand.

To all people complaining about the price.....
At what point would you start to complain when it was a desktop application? Hmmm.... What? Yes, well over $10,- I'm sure.

This $ 0,99 expectation is bugging the hell out of me, why shouldn't developers earn a living with this? You want a roof over your head, food to eat? They want that too. And selling something at $ 0,99 doesn't do much if you only sell a handful.

And how long have you used this app now? Did you enjoy the experience? Yes? OK.
So don't by that extra foam chocolate chipped double creamed latte and you paid for this app.

Get stuff in perspective!!!!! Jeez...

Dutchie64 said,
To all people complaining about the price.....
At what point would you start to complain when it was a desktop application? Hmmm.... What? Yes, well over $10,- I'm sure.

This $ 0,99 expectation is bugging the hell out of me, why shouldn't developers earn a living with this? You want a roof over your head, food to eat? They want that too. And selling something at $ 0,99 doesn't do much if you only sell a handful.

And how long have you used this app now? Did you enjoy the experience? Yes? OK.
So don't by that extra foam chocolate chipped double creamed latte and you paid for this app.

Get stuff in perspective!!!!! Jeez...

Windows 8 apps are probably some of the most difficult apps to get right. People need to consider that they work on tablets, desktops, big screens small screens in snapped mode, portrait mode and every other friggen mode in between!

Each UI has been customized and optimized for each use case... it's literally 3/4 apps in one. Tweetro+ will work on any machine you install it on provided it's under the LiveID you purchased it and we've spent a TON of time getting it right for each of these machines so you'll enjoy it just as much on your Surface as you will snapped to your 22" wide screen monitor.

It's REALLY REALLY frustrating that an app that took over 3 months of design before we even wrote a single line of code is boiled down to a '0.99c' category.

On top of this, we were actually gladly distributing the app for free until we were forced to change our strategy due to things completely outside of our control.

We just hope people will start realizing that building quality software is an extremely time consuming and costly exercise. The sooner we can get support, the sooner we will be able to provide more and more great experiences.

So yes, thank you so much for your comment. It's really refreshing to see!

There seems to be a lot of confusion about the 100K limit, an App does not get shut down when it reaches 100K users, and all the 100K users can still use the App, the only thing is you can not do is add any more users to the App. So anyone who pays for the App now will always be able to use it no matter how many downloads it gets.

My Twitter usage peaked when I got my Surface, and for the past few weeks, my Twitter usage has dropped to zero. I don't really miss Twitter either...

For quality apps, moving to "ads" is always a terrible choice, for many reasons. Thank God we have other development teams like Lazyworm out there who refuse to "crappify" their stuff with ads.

Hey Guys, just to clarify a few things about price

1- The app will not stop working for those who payed for it once we hit the 100K limit.. We'll just not be able to continue distributing it anymore. 'Tokens' are roamed and so users of Tweetro+ can access it from any Windows 8 PC they log into with their LiveID.

2- Tweetro+ supports multiple accounts, the most we'll ever be able to sell is between 20K-50K copies. We provide each user with 2 accessible tokens with the initial purchase and they can get up to 5 via $2.99 in-app purchase (i.e we won't get anywhere NEAR $1M)

3- We've spent over 8 months designing and developing this app, it's cost us plenty of $$! If we can't justify these costs we simply can't keep going. We are a start-up trying to get on our feet, this isn't a hobby for us

4- TweetBot for Mac is double what we are asking

For further information jump onto http://tweetroapp.com/tweetroplus.html

It's certainly not an ideal situation. We would have continued distributing the app for free in exchange for the exposure we were getting but we had to change our strategy due to the token limitation.

Hope you guys can see where we are coming from here.

LazywormApps said,
Hey Guys, just to clarify a few things about price

1- The app will not stop working for those who payed for it once we hit the 100K limit.. We'll just not be able to continue distributing it anymore. 'Tokens' are roamed and so users of Tweetro+ can access it from any Windows 8 PC they log into with their LiveID.

2- Tweetro+ supports multiple accounts, the most we'll ever be able to sell is between 20K-50K copies. We provide each user with 2 accessible tokens with the initial purchase and they can get up to 5 via $2.99 in-app purchase (i.e we won't get anywhere NEAR $1M)

3- We've spent over 8 months designing and developing this app, it's cost us plenty of $$! If we can't justify these costs we simply can't keep going. We are a start-up trying to get on our feet, this isn't a hobby for us

4- TweetBot for Mac is double what we are asking

For further information jump onto http://tweetroapp.com/tweetroplus.html

It's certainly not an ideal situation. We would have continued distributing the app for free in exchange for the exposure we were getting but we had to change our strategy due to the token limitation.

Hope you guys can see where we are coming from here.

Should invest in ads or something.

LazywormApps said,
Hey Guys, just to clarify a few things about price

1- The app will not stop working for those who payed for it once we hit the 100K limit.. We'll just not be able to continue distributing it anymore. 'Tokens' are roamed and so users of Tweetro+ can access it from any Windows 8 PC they log into with their LiveID.


My app stopped working. Sad but true.

I have gleek on my 920 and that's what I use for twitter. I don't use twitter on my Surface so I won't be buying this. But if some is mad point your rage at twitter and not the devs. Like someone pointed out earlier tweetbot for OSX is $20.

Wow, I'm all for supporting developers but $10 for a (let's be real, a fairly basic) Twitter client is a little too steep in my opinion. And who's to say they won't hit their limit again - what happens then to all paid customers?

I see your point, but many people spend $10 on all kinds of things all the time without a thought. There needs to be a paradigm shift I think. Many, many people could add up all the Starbucks, Redbulls, Big Macs and Red Box costs every month and buy 30 apps at $10 each.

The reality is TweeTRO+ (and most Twitter apps) are WAY better than the standard Twitter experience, which is why they exist. This is not really "apples to apples". It's also true that apps are WAY UNDER PRICED, in general. Little by little developers are going to stop creating apps when the "fun" wears off, unless the average consumer feels the value and realizes they should be paying way more for these tools. The ultimately goal would be to have far fewer apps in every Store, but have what's available be good and solid (and reasonably priced.)

Right now, many users "expect FREE" but it is very, very costly for developers to create decent apps. What we're going to see is similar to the "Dot Com" bust, likely, because NO developers are making any reasonable amount of money (there are a handful of exceptions) on ANY platform.

Twitter realizes it needs to make more money, and right now they need to "push" developers out of the picture in order to have an advantage. I don't blame them, as it's all a business, but it will ultimately be bad for consumers.

drazgoosh said,
I'm going to continue using MetroTwit and the People app for now. (And obviously the Twitter website)

why would you need 3 twitter clients ?
jeez you must be one interesting guy (or girl) lol

I am Not PCyr said,

why would you need 3 twitter clients ?
jeez you must be one interesting guy (or girl) lol

Oops. My comment was a bit misleading. I meant to say that I have those as alternatives for free anyway. Sorry for the confusion

wow who knew a twitter client would be a gold mine. Few bother to create one because there are always a million on every platform making it really hard to make money. Goes to show guys like Carbon really missed an opportunity and with these prices, it is a really big one.

Either Twitter really doesn't want 3rd party apps using their service, or they don't want to be around. I can't say I really understand the thinking here, but I'd guess it's been discussed ad nausem before.

cluberti said,
Either Twitter really doesn't want 3rd party apps using their service, or they don't want to be around. I can't say I really understand the thinking here, but I'd guess it's been discussed ad nausem before.

Twitter limit it because they're not getting ad revenue whilst people are using 3rd party apps.

myxomatosis said,
10$ for a "modern" app… lol Windows 8 isn't a flop for nothing so far. Apps are crappy, or overpriced... or both

you say it as if android doesn't have its share of crappy overpriced apps. I hate to break it to you but it is all the same in every appstore.

neonspark said,

you say it as if android doesn't have its share of crappy overpriced apps. I hate to break it to you but it is all the same in every appstore.

fail..

you didn't address what he said for starters and as close as you came was making the point that the competition is no different.. yeah.. great lol

Something new comes out and someone says it sucks..
Another person responds by saying so what !
..some other stuff sucks too.

lol congrats you sure showed him lol

Muhahahahaha. $10 bucks??? I guess they did smoke what was in the pipe.

try 1.99 and I would consider. Im one of the lucky ones that downloaded it before it was pulled.

It's a nice app but £6.99 is a little steep. I know it's a bad comparison but considering it's partially for tablet use, and competing apps on other platforms like Tweetbot are only £1.99. I'll stick for Metrotwit that's free for now, plus it supports multi-columns.

Possession said,
It's a nice app but £6.99 is a little steep. I know it's a bad comparison but considering it's partially for tablet use, and competing apps on other platforms like Tweetbot are only £1.99. I'll stick for Metrotwit that's free for now, plus it supports multi-columns.

Tweetbot on mac is $20. During the betas they had to remove the ability to sign in as they were nearing their limits anyway and people were trying, uninstalling, but not 'disconnecting from twitter' so it still counted against the 100k limit even though it wasn't in use.

Honestly, Twitter needs to help out by either removing this ridiculous restriction or at least allowing apps to "time out" if not used for 30 days, so that people who aren't using the app anymore don't take up tokens.

Wow, really? How cheap are you guys?

It's a shame that this culture of $0.99 apps has become so prevalent that people complain about paying a fair price for hard work.

Elliott said,
Wow, really? How cheap are you guys?

It's a shame that this culture of $0.99 apps has become so prevalent that people complain about paying a fair price for hard work.

how is it fair price when this app hits 100,000 limit, it will be shut down!

THE_OBSERVER said,

how is it fair price when this app hits 100,000 limit, it will be shut down!

The price is to prevent users who try and then uninstall apps (without disconnecting their authorization to twitter, thus maintaining the "seat" even though it's not being sat in) from having it hit 100,000.

Elliott said,
Wow, really? How cheap are you guys?

It's a shame that this culture of $0.99 apps has become so prevalent that people complain about paying a fair price for hard work.

Cheap, not very. Reasonable, quite. It's literally a reskinning of website. Granted, it looks nice, but it really doesn't add anything to the Twitter experience that warrants $10.

Elliott said,
Wow, really? How cheap are you guys?

It's a shame that this culture of $0.99 apps has become so prevalent that people complain about paying a fair price for hard work.

Is it? let's see, at 100K limits and they want 10 bucks then they want a MILLION DOLLARS. I mean I'm all about compensating devs but a million bucks for a twitter client is a bit too steep. Now if this was halo 4 metro edition then I'm ok. But this is a TWITTER CLIENT. seriously? I'm not paying more than 2 bucks for it tops. They need to go for volume which with over 40 MILLION windows 8 license out there it seems they can.

THE_OBSERVER said,

how is it fair price when this app hits 100,000 limit, it will be shut down!

excellent point. Let's say I reformat and need to reinstall my apps, then I'm 10 bucks out? This BS of pull down once the 100K limit is reached needs to stop. What these guys need to do is simply create another app, same code set, with a different name.

neonspark said,

Is it? let's see, at 100K limits and they want 10 bucks then they want a MILLION DOLLARS. I mean I'm all about compensating devs but a million bucks for a twitter client is a bit too steep. Now if this was halo 4 metro edition then I'm ok. But this is a TWITTER CLIENT. seriously? I'm not paying more than 2 bucks for it tops. They need to go for volume which with over 40 MILLION windows 8 license out there it seems they can.

It wont quite be a million after Microsoft take their cut but your point still stands. They will probably get around $700,000.

neonspark said,

Is it? let's see, at 100K limits and they want 10 bucks then they want a MILLION DOLLARS. I mean I'm all about compensating devs but a million bucks for a twitter client is a bit too steep. Now if this was halo 4 metro edition then I'm ok. But this is a TWITTER CLIENT. seriously? I'm not paying more than 2 bucks for it tops. They need to go for volume which with over 40 MILLION windows 8 license out there it seems they can.

Try $700,000, and they only get that money once. It's really not a lot of money for a team of developers.

Also, guys, you don't lose your seat. Your authorization for that app stays on your Twitter account. If you delete the app, you can reinstall it and still use it.

I think a couple of things have set Tweetro apart, for me. The in-app browser is one and its stability is the other. GlƏƏk is very nice and feature rich on Windows Phone, so I'll make the assumption that it is the same on Windows 8.

That can't be correct. What I'm talking about is, why would they charge ten dollars only to have the same situation occur again? I thought the 100k licenses was the limit on free licenses not paid.

Theoretically, this could occur every month or so. Which means, according to the article, you would pay over and over again as you were forced to update to new paid versions.

I don't think that's how this works, but I could be wrong.

Elliott said,
The price is a deterrent. Those who want it will pay. Those who don't won't take seats from those who do.

except off course that doesn't work because they will pull the app down once it reaches 100K and then there will be 100K unseated paid customers who will need to repurchase if they ever need to reinstall.

I thought the whole point of a paid app was to get around the 100,000 limit. Doesn't twitter have a paid API with a higher threshold? Why pay $10 for something that will stop working again anyway?

Also, love the hashtag in the screen - #Windwos8

LightEco said,
I thought the whole point of a paid app was to get around the 100,000 limit. Doesn't twitter have a paid API with a higher threshold? Why pay $10 for something that will stop working again anyway?

Just what Elliot said in a comment just below, it's a deterrent. There's no way to go over the 100k limit, even with a paid version.

LightEco said,
I thought the whole point of a paid app was to get around the 100,000 limit. Doesn't twitter have a paid API with a higher threshold? Why pay $10 for something that will stop working again anyway?

Also, love the hashtag in the screen - #Windwos8

Wouldn't it make sense to just cap the thing at 100,000 nitwit users? Am I missing something?

Mr.XXIV said,
I find it useless for it to be that priced on a desktop that can use the browser instead.

Do you really think these apps are meant for desktops? I was under the impression that they are meant for touch screen devices.

Deihmos said,

Do you really think these apps are meant for desktops? I was under the impression that they are meant for touch screen devices.

Too bad it's still pointless due to fact that even the "touch screen devices" are using Windows 8, which is still generally a desktop OS regardless. I like to think about alternatives before paying for something.