In order to not go over the 100,000 user token hard limit, Tapbots has pulled its Tweetbot for Mac alpha, which was made downloadable to the public more than a month ago.
Again, this change was made in response to Twitter’s controversial 1.1 API update, which features various updates that make it harder for traditional clients to exist. Everytime a client is authorized for a Twitter account, the client is given a user token by Twitter. Under the new guidelines, Twitter is allowing new third-party clients 100,000 user tokens. In other words, the Tweetbot for Mac application will be allowed 100,000 unique users. After that, the developers will be forced to “talk” with Twitter – which could be interpreted various ways.
Tapbots obviously would prefer to have a 100,000 paying customers, as opposed to 100,000 customers using the alpha. Twitter’s new policies are definitely something that third-parties need to watch, and it seems inevitable that the Twitter ecosystem will be a closed one sooner, rather than later.
Which really is a shame, in my opinion.