Tapbots pulls Tweetbot alpha Mac app due to Twitter’s user cap
Tapbots, the brains behind Tweetbot, just confirmed in a blog post that Twitter’s latest API changes forced the developer to pull its popular alpha Mac app. Twitter recently announced it would begin placing user caps on third-party Twitter clients, and Tapbots claimed today that it unsuccessfully tried to work with the micro-blogging service to keep its alpha live without going over the allotted cap.
According to Tapbots:
As some of you may have already noticed the download link for the Tweetbot for Mac alpha no longer works. 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 solution that was acceptable to them. Because of this we’ve decided its best for us to pull the alpha.
Clients are limited to 100,000 user slots, otherwise known as tokens, as of Aug. 16 (or 200,000 users if they were already above the cap). Folks who decide not to use a client can add their slot back to the open pool by logging into Twitter and revoking access to the app. If this does not occur, the slot is no longer available.
Tapbots chose to pull its Tweetbot alpha due to the limit. This will save slots for the eventual release of the app, which is still in development and eyeing release “in the near future.” In the blog post, Tapbots further recommended users revoke access to any idle third-party Twitter clients registered on their accounts.
“We wish we could continue on but we didn’t make the rules, we just have to live within them. Again sorry for the hassle and thank you very much to everyone that has provided valuable feedback during the alpha,” Tapbots concluded.