Twitter acquires Tweetie, soon to become Twitter for iPhone & iPad

In what seems to be a massive blow to third-party Twitter clients developers, Twitter today announced that it has acquired the iPhone app Tweetie from developer Loren Brichter, which will be rebranded as Twitter for iPhone/iPad and listed for free on the App Store.

Brichter, a previous Apple employee, began work on his Twitter client a couple of years back, which since then has seen a massive growth in popularity. A vast majority of people who use Twitter on the iPhone recommend the app, which obviously lead to Twitter itself becoming interested, as so far, the only official way to post to Twitter from a phone is via a mobile web page or texting. This is huge news for the Twitter world, as until now, third-party developers had to face off against each other to gain sales; now, with an official app for free, they will almost certainly see a huge drop in interest.

The aforementioned third-party Twitter client developers are obviously not entirely impressed with the news, and a lot of Twitter users are expressing their concerns also. Whilst it'll be good for the growth of Twitter, having a well-developed and free application for the iPhone and iPad, it leads one to wonder about the status of Tweetie 2 for OS X, an application promised to be released as a beta this month. In addition to that, there's also a chance that, since the application is free, Twitter might decide to integrate Apple's new iAd platform into the software as a way to gain some extra revenue. The only way to find out is to wait, though one thing's for sure: it's a sad day for Twitter client developers.

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I say congratulations to the orignal developer, Tweetie is a well developed application on both iPhone and Mac and he certainly deserves all the recognition this will bring him.

and as for the iAd, if that comes into the application I wouldn't cry if that makes it way in, as I honestly do think that that is also a good platform to use as well and would happily show my appreciation of "Twitter for the iPhone" by click on the ads now and again!

I don't want Tweetie to go away. I've paid money for it, I don't want it to end up iAd infested Twitter App.

EgyptianDuck said,
I don't want Tweetie to go away. I've paid money for it, I don't want it to end up iAd infested Twitter App.

Twitter's site doesn't even have ads. What makes you think this is going to be ad infested?

This is basically like when Tumblrette was bought out by Tumblr. Same app for free.

I doubt this will be THAT bad for other devs. Theres been free twitter apps for a long time and people have been shown to still want to buy other ones. I think that will be doubly true if they decide to put ads into the App as a good many people would probably rather pay to get an app that isn't ad supported.

I wonder what will happen to Tweetie for Mac (the desktop client). I fear that it's going to be abandoned, which would definitely suck.

YES! Been waiting for this for years, can't wait to see what comes out of there. I don't find this sad at all, it will just bring more competition to the Twitter client space, which is good. Paid clients can still make a different if they come up with innovative features. We'll have to wait and see how this plays out.

Thanks Twitter, now all of us who have built Twitter desktop and iPhone clients get to compete head to head with your apps. I look forward to the challenge. Now I just need to raise $100 Million to up my game.

Klethron said,
Thanks Twitter, now all of us who have built Twitter desktop and iPhone clients get to compete head to head with your apps. I look forward to the challenge. Now I just need to raise $100 Million to up my game.

Yeah, I know what you mean. I think the only chance for 3rd parties would be apps that integrate more than one social network... This definitely isn't good news for app developers...

Elliott said,
They certainly acquired the best. Tweetie rocks.
Maybe now they'll look at moving it to other platforms. Would love to see some of the UI design used in Tweetie on other OS's.

Elliott said,
They certainly acquired the best. Tweetie rocks.

actually i prefer tweetings over tweetie but tweetie have a great UI