Twitter rules will cause Tweetro to launch paid Windows 8 app

Earlier this week, we reported that the development team at Lazyworm Applications were forced to remove its free Windows 8 third-party Twitter app, Tweetro, from the Windows Store. This was due to the fact that the app had reached the 100,000 user mark and, according to Twitter's recently revised rules, no third-party Twitter app can have more than that amount.

Well, Lazyworm Applications said it has since tried to contact Twitter to see if they could get a break on that rule, especially since the promised official Twitter Windows 8 app won't likely be released for a few months. Unfortunately, as Windows Observer reports, the team got a response back from Twitter that said the Tweetro app "does not qualify for an exemption."

This is not quite the end for Tweetro, however. Atta Elayyan, co-founder of Lazyworm Applications, has announced that a paid version of Tweetro will be released sometime in the "weeks to come". There's no word on how much it the app will now cost, although he did say that the people who have already downloaded and installed the free version of Tweetro will have to pay money if they want to continue to use it once the paid version is released.

Elayyan added:

We hope that people understand our situation and continue showing us their support as we’d love nothing more than to continue delivering the best possible Twitter experience on Windows 8… Even if it’s only accessible to a very limited number of people.

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Whats to stop them just releasing Tweetro 1, Tweetro 2, Tweetro 3 and so on when the limit is hit? Or is it so manky tokens per developer?

InsaneNutter said,
Whats to stop them just releasing Tweetro 1, Tweetro 2, Tweetro 3 and so on when the limit is hit? Or is it so manky tokens per developer?

There's nothing stopping them trying this, but they would very quickly get their developer API keys disabled for breaking twitters terms of use..

Really this is a bad limitation and tweetro looks like a slick client for twitter and could have made me use twitter more.

Also this limitation might also transfer to forum logins as well.... if you got a forum with over 100,000 users that use twitter to sign in to the forum system, then no more sign ins would work possibly.... I hope this doesn't happen.

Jaybot said,
Twitter just keeps shooting themselves in the foot. This token cap is just ridiculous.

Yeah look back a year ago, Twitter was just fine where it was

Between my phone and the website I dont see the need for a dedicated app on Windows 8, not enough to pay for it anyway.

MidTxWRX said,
If they'd like to keep it free they could charge for it and then reimburse the user. Loophole.

I think this company has to pay Twitter if they want more than 100k users, so they wouldn't be able to reimburse the user.

thatguyandrew1992 said,

I think this company has to pay Twitter if they want more than 100k users, so they wouldn't be able to reimburse the user.

No, they simply can't get more tokens for a regular "twitter client" (anything that works like twitter, so flipboard for example is an exception), well they could if Twitter had a good day and decided to be nice or something but they can't just simply pay for it.

Ok so "does not qualify for an exemption" So what does charging money for the app change in terms of the 100k user limit? NOTHING. Are they assuming that it will take longer to get to 100K users because less people will use it because it is pay? That seems unfair. so while they are on there way to reaching a twitter imposed limit they will just rake in some cash.. I guess that's fair huh

xendrome said,
Ok so "does not qualify for an exemption" So what does charging money for the app change in terms of the 100k user limit? NOTHING. Are they assuming that it will take longer to get to 100K users because less people will use it because it is pay? That seems unfair. so while they are on there way to reaching a twitter imposed limit they will just rake in some cash.. I guess that's fair huh

Right, it's a bit silly.

xendrome said,
Ok so "does not qualify for an exemption" So what does charging money for the app change in terms of the 100k user limit? NOTHING. Are they assuming that it will take longer to get to 100K users because less people will use it because it is pay? That seems unfair. so while they are on there way to reaching a twitter imposed limit they will just rake in some cash.. I guess that's fair huh

I think you are missing the point. I'm pretty sure the 100k user limit is for "free API use". They can decide to pay for >100k users. In which case, that is why they are charging, to pass the cost on to the user.

Ryan Hoffman said,

They can decide to pay for >100k users. In which case, that is why they are charging, to pass the cost on to the user.

Actually, the restriction just says that a "traditional Twitter client application" will only get 100,000 user tokens. There isn't just some option where the developers can pay to get more, twitter simply don't want third party clients. Tweetro already contacted Twitter in regards to the limit, the response:


Thank you for reaching out to get clarification on our developer policies. As you know, we discourage developers from building apps that replicate our core user experience (aka “Twitter clients”). We know that there are developers that want to take their passion for Twitter and its ecosystem to unique underserved situations. As such, we have built some flexibility into our policy with regard to user tokens - which went into effect September 5th, 2012.”

… Unfortunately, It does not appear that your service addresses an area that our current or future products do not already serve. As such, it does not qualify for an exemption.

xendrome said,
Ok so "does not qualify for an exemption" So what does charging money for the app change in terms of the 100k user limit? NOTHING. Are they assuming that it will take longer to get to 100K users because less people will use it because it is pay? That seems unfair. so while they are on there way to reaching a twitter imposed limit they will just rake in some cash.. I guess that's fair huh

Other than giving up on the app, what do you suppose is their alternative?

Denis W said,

Other than giving up on the app, what do you suppose is their alternative?

Exactly, eventually the pay app will be full, so grab as much gold before the ship sinks!

Rappy said,
These new twitter rules are ruining good quality apps
How is Twitter imposing restrictions on use of THEIR servers and infrastructure for app developers not paying them for it ruining anything? These free apps piggyback on other peoples investments and resources. 'Pay your way' seems to me to be fair enough..

paulheu said,
How is Twitter imposing restrictions on use of THEIR servers and infrastructure for app developers not paying them for it ruining anything? These free apps piggyback on other peoples investments and resources. 'Pay your way' seems to me to be fair enough..

They could offer the ability to buy more tokens/credits or subscribe to api instead of just telling them to **** off.

spudtrooper said,

They could offer the ability to buy more tokens/credits or subscribe to api instead of just telling them to **** off.


Yea or simply force third party clients to show sponsored tweets. Fact of the matter is that Twitter hasn't even made an attempt at being able to profit from users of third party clients, they'd just rather annoy users it seems.

paulheu said,
How is Twitter imposing restrictions on use of THEIR servers and infrastructure for app developers not paying them for it ruining anything? These free apps piggyback on other peoples investments and resources. 'Pay your way' seems to me to be fair enough..

Isn't that what web browsers do?
Or email clients?
Or third party messenger applications?
Or...

Bring back paid Opera!

GS:mac

Vasya_Vodochkin said,

Are you blind or stupid? Maybe both? They making app paid because of Twitter 100k user limit.

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