Tweet Lanes

Some bad news for fans of the Tweet Lanes Twitter client. Developer Chris Lacy drops word tonight that the app won't be able to get past Twitter's 100,000-user token limit, which it's recently begun enforcing ahead of the March 2013 API changes. (A promising Windows Phone 8 client also just bit the dust because of this as well.)

Writes Lacy:

So it saddens me greatly to announce that going forward, I won't be actively developing Tweet Lanes as I have to this point. The cold hard reality is that with this immovable, 100,000 user ceiling, my plans for growing and eventually monetizing the app are no longer feasible.

This will likely be disappointing news for many of you, but given I spent a good chunk of my spare time for 10+ months working on this app, believe me when I say this decision pains me more than it does anyone else.

I'm disappointed that the app is not feature complete, that I won't be able to implement my planned premium features, and that I won't be able to demonstrate some of the cool UX ideas I had (especially in the tablet space). Also, I continue to feel strongly that Twitter users are under-served on Android, and I regret that I won't be able to give my all to try and change that situation.

For what it's worth, I have given serious consideration to creating and selling a new 'Tweet Lanes Pro' application. If I ever reached the 100k user limit for such an application, that would clearly be well worth my time, and I could do whatever I saw fit in creating that app with regards to Twitter's requirements. I am however, very hesitant about pursuing this course of action, as it seems like a bit of a slap in the face to the people who helped me promote the app via 'free for life', even if this circumstance was brought about by factors outside of my control.

One little ray of sunshine is that Lacy says he'll provide bugfixes and new features "as time permits," as well as possibly ("if/when," Lacy says) an App.net port.

Give Lacy's full post a read at the link below. And be sure to let Twitter know what you think of its move to shut out developers.

Source: +Chris Lacy

 
There are 28 comments

This is why carbon for android was scrapped.

Mobius360 says:

So what's going to happen to apps like Tweetcaster & Plume for example? They must have way over 100,000 users and have been around for a very long time. They just have to shut them down in March?

This is not good news at all that Twitter is doing this. I had heard good things about Tweet Lanes. I'm just not a big Twitter user so I don't try many clients.

DSaif says:

They have to discuss with Twitter

If they had more than 100,000 on 2012-08-16, they get to grow to double what they had on that date.

So their growth is still crippled, but it's a delayed crippling (depending how many they had then and their current growth rate).

https://dev.twitter.com/blog/changes-coming-to-twitter-api

Mobius360 says:

Thanks..

So Tweet Lanes is screwed basically because they had less than 100,000 users. Pretty crappy regardless.

Diskoman says:

Basically EVERY 3rd-party client for Twitter is screwed. Twitter is basically saying: thanks for driving innovation for clients and helping us gain users, but since we are now here to stay...y'all can all go to hell! This was just the latest in a long line of anti-developer actions they've taken, and they have even come out and said they don't want developers building a business around their API. If they had their way everyone would use the official client and that's it. I've primarily stopped using Twitter for this very reason.

Mobius360 says:

Double post

AliffXL says:

You know............i don't mind using Twitter..........IF THE OFFICIAL APP WASN'T SO SUCKISH! WHY TWITTER WHY?!

DSaif says:

Go to hell, Twitter. They're at this place just because of developers!

I assume that apps like Plume and Tweetcaster, to name a couple, have reached the 100K user amount in order to have continued support?

That is a shame that Twitter is cracking down on people, willing to spend their own time, trying to help others have a more feature packed mobile experience.

Byzantium says:

Anybody with half a brain could tell that Twitter's future was going to be nothing but hordes of people following 1% of the people on Twitter, yet the company is trying to force a redistribution. This platform needs to be dumped for something else that embraces what Twitter doesn't want to be.

AliffXL says:

If only App.net was free to sign up and there is alot of people using the service..........

i would move in an instant............

Smalls says:

I would move over too, but paying a subscription for a social service that nobody I know uses is not a selling point for me. :/

jbrandonf says:

And the name is stupid as all hell.

Diskoman says:

Twitter's actions are those who want to monetize their app...but don't want to try to keep up with all of the innovation that has surrounded the various clients that use their API. It's easier to slowly but surely squeeze them all out of the marketplace and keep all the add dollars to themselves smh. Most people will prefer to use any client other than the official one...that should tell them something.

tb21666 says:

Twitter needs to realize the only reason any of us who love it still stick around is the 3rd party apps (Tweetings for Android, for me, personally) Maybe if everyone just shut it down for a whole day or 2 in protest they'd stop stepping on the dicks of developers or maybe light a fire under their own asses and make their 'app' better (or at least have themes) or something it oh so drastically needs. Don't hate, help those who help promote your cause & site!! #Fuckers

ba_hamilton says:

Why doesn't the native twitter implement in line images? Every other twitter app does. Native twitter doesn't have to suck so much.

rsanchez1 says:

Twitter is being stupid. Here's an OBVIOUS source of revenue, apps that are also trying to make money, and they just shut off the money tap instead of drinking from it.

Spork1673 says:

the new CEO of twitter is a douche nothing more :/

15israellai says:

Burn in hell. All I can say is you suck like nobody else. Making a crappy client and forcing others not to make really good ones to help you out. Extremely stupid and douchy.

ro1224 says:

This news definitely stinks. While I'm not a computer programmer or application developer by any stretch of the imagination I did take a stab at reading the information that Twitter has provided to developers regarding the migration to v1.1 of the Twitter API. It would seem that the new API endpoint restrictions, limitations (or enhancements?) are aimed at protecting Twitter resources and preventing a return of the infamous #FailWhale. Remember him/her?

It also seems that while Twitter is enforcing the 100K user token limit, they also seem open to working with individual developers to allow additional users, but this does seem to be on a case-by-case basis with absolutely no guarantees that a particular app will be allowed to exceed this limit.

Lastly, the final section is most telling and seems to infer that Twitter wants individuals and businesses to use the native Twitter application for all of their tweeting needs, and that the other resources in the field are meant to mine Twitter data and provide analytics.

I've used TweetDeck, the modified TweakDeck, TweetLanes and a host of others in addition to the native Twitter app. I currently prefer TweakDeck, but TweetLanes truly had great promise and it was an app that I was excited about using more and more, so this news comes as a letdown forced at the hand of Twitter.

Many we should start a CHANGE.ORG petition?

mech1164 says:

The is a classic case of them believing their own Bullsh1t. Is twitter enjoyable, it can be. Is it informative, in many cases yes. Is it necessary, HELL NO! And that there is the rub. They figure they are so popular and large that people will just have to use them. AANNNNNHHH, WRONG SORRY DO NOT PASS GO AND COLLECT $200.

I enjoy seeing what is on twitter. Don't confuse it with NEEDING Twitter. I don't and many who do use it are realizing that to. Hey Twitter meet AOL you guys will have a lot in common soon.

Thing342 says:

Talk about biting the hand that fed you. Twitter didn't even have an app for awhile, and relied on 3rd party developers. Now, they're effectively crippling that same 3rd party.

jbrandonf says:

Why don't they develop sponsored tweets like Facebook did and punish developers who don't implement that into their apps, Twitter will still make money and also allow devs to make money selling the app itself.

icu says:

Twitter should just license out #s of users make it worth everyone's while or just take a cut. Stupid social media companies are stupid.

dubdrop says:

Is it me or is twitter just dumb regardless. Aside from my opinion on it this is a pretty stupid move on the people who do like it and take the time to make it better. Sorry devs. Good folk just got screwed again.

boufa says:

This is the best news that Google+ has heard in a long time. Why is it that social networking companies are constantly trying to commit suicide? Facebook keeps adjusting things, and forcing the next great feature on us. They figure that we will just follow them off a cliff.

Somewhere there is a college educated person who has never actually used the services, telling them that they need to evolve to stay fresh and relevant. Even though that is the very thing that will kill them. The iOS is a great example. It is an old horrible interface, but they know if they change it, they will alienate a large part of their users. Users that figure if they have to change from what they know to learn something new, then they might as well try out a completely different offering.. like andorid. Windows 8 is another change of direction that might blow up in the face of microsoft.

KS Calendar says:

I don't quite understand what's going on here.

Twitter said they will talk with devs that have large user bases, obviously for sharing/taking ad revenue, but I don't see where anyone has actually talked with a dev that's done this. Are they all locked out till the new API next year? In which case, yeah dick move on Twitters part.