Twitter Blocks UberTwitter and Twidroyd

By  |  Friday, February 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Are you a user of UberTwitter (a popular BlackBerry Twitter client) or Twidroyd (a major Twitter client for Android)? If so, you need a backup plan: Twitter began blocking both apps today for violating its rules. (Both are owned by UberMedia, which seems to be intent on cornering the market on third-party Twitter apps–earlier this week, it acquired TweetDeck.)

Twitter is releasing a statement to various sites saying that the offending apps (and sister app UberCurrent) are guilty of “violations [that] include, but aren’t limited to, a privacy issue with private Direct Messages longer than 140 characters, trademark infringement, and changing the content of users’ Tweets in order to make money.” It also says it’s been trying to resolve concerns with UberMedia for months. Even if Twitter’s gripes are entirely legit–and they may well be–it’s a fascinating question of conflict of interest given that UberMedia’s apps all compete with official ones from Twitter itself. Ones which Twitter plugged in its message to UberTwitter and Twidroyd users.

Any users of UberMedia’s apps out there? If so, what are you doing today?

 
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  1. ijaen Says:

    It is a measure taken for another reason than the specified violations, it goes further than that. I refuse to take part in it. I'll probably stop using Twitter since Twitter for Blackberry and the web interface are both useless. I was using Tweetdeck and Ubertwitter way before they belonged to the same company, they work great, no reason for me to use what Twitter says because of their childish attitude because their product sucks.

  2. Bill Baker Says:

    Wow. On the one hand, if UberTwitter really is violating my privacy, then good riddance. On the other, the official Twitter app for BlackBerry is pretty lame. It would be great if Twitter could step up and deliver the better user experience of Uber, without the alleged bad bits.

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    I only used twitter because of twidroyd. It has a awesome ui for reading. Simple no nonsense posting. Maybe its time for an open mucro blogging service.

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    My LG Optimus came with Twitdroyd. I immediately downloaded the Twitter app. I don't get the point of Twitdroyd. I wish I could uninstall it. It seems to be stock.

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