Tweetbot feels the wrath of Twitter, pulls its alpha version

tweetbot beta closedIn the wake of Twitter’s announcement concerning API restrictions, the change has come fast and furious. A handful of popular apps, most notably including Tumblr and Instagram, have lost their friend-finding Twitter integration, and yesterday the micro-blogging platform pulled its “via” feature, which showed what apps a tweet was sent from.

Many other apps stand to lose their integration with the site or be put out to pasture altogether, but one that seemed safe was Tweetbot. The day that Twitter released its announcement, so did Tweetbot, effectively saying “calm down guys, we’re cool.” The beloved Twitter client for Mac reassured users that the new rate limits Twitter was enforcing could actually “end up being a good thing,” and that the company would be working closely with Twitter over the next six months.

At the time, it seemed as if Twitter had realized that it had a hit on its hands with Tweetbot (it has no Mac client in its arsenal to compete with it either – what is there is lacking, to say the least), and that enraging more users along with developers wasn’t in its best interest. But it appears that Tweetbot lovers may have something to worry about: Yesterday, the Tweetbot for Mac Alpha was pulled.

“Twitter’s latest API changes means now we have a large but finite limit on the number of user tokens we can get for Tweetbot for Mac. We’ve been working with Twitter over the last few days to try to work around this limit for the duration of the beta but have been unable to come up with a solution that was acceptable to them,” co-founder Paul Haddad writes. “Because of this we’ve decided its best for us to pull the alpha.”

As Haddad said in the original blog post regarding Twitter’s API changes, user caps didn’t exactly appeal to him and sounded to be the only area of concern. Turns out his apprehension was well-founded: Because of the new rules concerning token caps, offering the beta doesn’t make sense for Tweetbot anymore. “Someone might use the app, decide they don’t like it and the token would be gone forever. That being said now would probably be a good time to help third party developers out and Revoke access to any clients that you no longer use.” He’s right – if you’ve approved an app that even remotely resembles a Twitter alternative that you aren’t using, you should visit your settings and revoke access so that they don’t hit their token cap.

Tweetbot for Mac will eventually be for sale, but the alpha/beta testing portion is officially over. Given the fact that Twitter’s Mac client is beyond disappointing, you almost just want them to acquire Tweetbot so that it can continue building without being slapped with the incredibly harsh restrictions Twitter has for its developers. 

This is easily one of the biggest hammers to fall since Twitter’s announcement, which had an “we’re open to discussion” tone to it, but of course the company isn’t exactly known for its communication skills. And now the question seems to be, who’s next on the chopping block?

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