Twitter Inc (TWTR)’s Tangle With Developers
There is another victim of Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR)’s token limit for third-party app developers. The latest victim is Tweetbot, a popular app that was available for Twitter users on both Mac App Store and iOS App Store. The app has been removed from Mac App Store.
Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) allows users to login to its site through third-party apps. However, the company also has a habit of limiting the number of users that can access it through such apps under what is known as API tokens. When an app reaches its token ceiling, it is removed, and new users can no longer access it. That is the fate that has befallen Tweetbot.
Tweetbot disappears for Mac users
The app has disappeared from Mac App Store, and the reason is almost obvious that it has reached its token limit. Tweetbot was expected to reach its token ceiling late last year, but that didn’t happen, although it was close to running out room for new users. Although Tweetbot has closed for Mac users, iOS users can reportedly continue accessing it, according to some reports.
No more room
History shows that once an app exhausts its token limit imposed by Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) there is no way it can get more. Twitterrific 5 was the first third-party app to run out of its token allocation and was removed from new users. There are no details about the exact number of users that Twitter allows for any third-party app under its token program. However, the token limit applies to both apps that are sold and those offered for free.
Promoting own app
It has been cited that the one of the reasons Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) limits third-party apps is to promote its own official app. The company has greater control of users that access it directly from its official platform. Unlike Twitter, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) does not have a third-party app access program.
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