Tweetro for Windows 8 crossed Twitter’s 100K token limit

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Tweetro – The popular third-party Twitter app has crossed the Twitter 100,000 token limit much sooner than expected and is now facing trouble with OAuth logins, after getting blocked by Twitter.

 

This is definitely some bad news for the Tweetro – The popular third-party Twitter app on Windows 8 after the makers are currently facing some issues with the OAuth login access, after crossing Twitter’s 100K token limits much sooner than expected.

 

All the users of the Tweetro app have been received an Email from Atta Elayyan the UX Designer and Co-Founder of Lazyworm Applications Ltd.:

 

“Since the official launch of Windows 8, we’ve seen a massive spike in downloads.  We are averaging around 3-4K downloads a day and have had well over 200K downloads since Tweetro launched on ‘Release Preview’.  Unfortunately, we’ve been victims of our own success as it appears that the app is now being blocked by Twitter due to the new Token limitations.

The app is now completely crippled and users cannot get past the OAuth screen as they are presented with an error ‘Cannot connect to service’.  We were under the impression that Twitter wasn’t going to enforce the token limits until March next year (when all 3rd party apps are required to migrate to the new API’s) however this doesn’t seem to be the case.
We have reached out to Twitter for confirmation however we haven’t heard back yet.

The future of Tweetro is uncertain at this stage but it’s likely that it will be pulled from the Windows Store until we can figure out the best way moving forward.  At this stage, we are considering to add further polish to Tweetro and re-launch it as an exclusive ‘premium’ paid app.  We would have been more than happy to continue distributing Tweetro for free as the exposure we’ve been receiving from it has been fantastic however being limited by twitter to a maximum of 100,000 users would mean we’d have to justify development via financial means.

We hope that there is a way around the token limitations, at least until the official Twitter app is available on Windows 8 however it seems that Twitter is taking a strong stance on this issue.

We’ll aim to have further announcements in the coming days with regards to what people can expect from future iterations of the app.

In the mean time, for those who are enjoying Tweetro we recommend that they refrain from uninstalling the app, removing accounts from within the app or revoking access from Twitter as there is no method accessing OAuth in its current state.”

 

Tweetro for Windows 8 has crossed the 100K users the day Windows 8 was officially released and seen a traffic spike just after it, until its OAuth got blocked by Twitter. Tweetro is one of the good Twitter third-party applications on Windows 8, myself being its power user.

 

So, for now all the suer of Tweetro app on Windows 8, DO NOT revoke access to the application, until you hear anything from Twitter. Unfortunately, this is just the beginning of the end of third party Twitter apps with the stranglehold Twitter is placing on the service for third party access.

 

What do you think of Twitter’s limitations for Third Party applications? Share your thoughts and comments below.

 

Srikanth A.N. is the founder and editor-in-chief of Infworm, one of the fastest growing technology and information destination. Srikanth is currently an Electronics Engineering undergrad from the University of Mumbai. Follow him on Google+.

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