Twitter is at it again. And this time the company has locked out Windows 8 users who were using third-party apps to access the social network.
The story goes like this: Tweetro, one of the most popular (oh heck, the most popular) Windows 8 Twitter clients had recorded a ton of downloads and users. And subsequently asked Twitter for an extension to its 100,000 users token limit.
And no prizes for guessing, but Twitter refused the extension, saying that the only option for Windows 8 users will be the official Twitter app – if they want to post new tweets from the Windows modern interface, of course. If anything, they pretty much seem to have banned third-party apps on the Windows 8 platform, and instead want users to rely solely on their official application.
An upgraded token limit was the only thing that would have kept Tweetro alive.
In a statement published by WinObserver, Twitter said that:
“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 (sic) situations. As such, we have built some flexibility into our policy with regard to user tokens. 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.”
Nice and blunt. So if you are using Windows 8 your only choice is to tweet using Twitter’s website to post tweets.
The official desktop Twitter client would also have done the job – but it obviously is impossible to install on Windows RT and Surface RT platforms. Of course, one questions the logic of locking out all third-party Twitter clients before the official app for a platform is out, but yeah go figure!
The official Twitter app for Windows 8 is expected anytime now, after the company already confirmed that they are working on the project. In fact, Twitter went as far to say that the upcoming app will be, um, “great”. You do wonder what great qualifies for these days, but we’ll know soon enough.
Sadly this means the end of the line for a slick little app. Requiescat in pace, Tweetro.
Your wings were cut short.