Twitterific shuts down after being blocked by Twitter

Twitterific shuts down after being blocked by Twitter

Twitterrific, a third-party Twitter app for macOS and iOS that launched in 2007 and came to the iPhone before Twitter, had no choice but to shut down.

In a message posted on its website on Thursday, The Iconfactory said: “We’re sorry to say that the app’s sudden and undignified demise stems from an unannounced and undocumented policy change by an increasingly capricious Twitter, a Twitter that we no longer recognize as trustworthy nor do I want to work with him any longer.”

The decision to shut down Twitterrific comes a week after Twitter began blocking third-party Twitter clients — Twitterrific, Tweetbot, and Echofon among them — from accessing its API, preventing users from logging into the apps.

Twitter was silent on the issue for days, but earlier this week it tweeted that it was “enforcing its long-standing API rules,” a change it said “may cause some apps to break.” On Thursday, the company updated its developer agreement to make the new API rules official.

It’s unclear what was behind the move, but many suspect new owner Elon Musk was unhappy that the apps didn’t include Twitter ads, hurting the company’s bottom line. Twitter hopes that those who use the third-party apps will now switch to the official app.

In its message, The Iconfactory said that since the launch of Twitterrific for desktop in 2007, a year after Twitter’s arrival, Twitterrific “has helped define the shape of the Twitter experience. It was the first desktop client, the first mobile client, one of the first apps on the App Store, an Apple Design Award winner, and even helped redefine the word ‘tweet’ in the dictionary.”

He also noted that Ollie, Twitterrific’s bluebird mascot, “was so popular that it even prompted Twitter to later adopt a bluebird logo of its own. Our little app made a big dent in the world!”

The company, which has offices in North Carolina and Sweden, thanked the “generous and loyal support of … our wonderful customers and fans. Your financial support may have paid the bills, but your spiritual support enriched our souls and for that we can never thank you enough. You changed our lives forever.”

He confirmed that Twitterrific for iOS and macOS have now been removed from both app stores, adding that anyone who had a subscription on iOS will see it automatically canceled by the App Store.

With its business hurt by Twitter’s surprise move to block third-party clients, The Iconfactory asked subscribers to “consider not requesting a refund from Apple,” saying Twitterrific’s loss of revenue “is already going to significantly hurt our business, and any refunds will come directly out of our pockets, not Twitter or Apple. Simply put, thousands of refunds would be devastating for a small business like ours.”

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