As many improvements as the official Twitter app has seen over the years, it's still far from perfect. The user experience can easily be hampered by unrelenting ads and an algorithm that can be absolutely maddening at times, and as such, many users like myself have found solace in third-party clients.
Some of the big names for these apps include Talon, Falcon Pro, and Fenix. Flamingo used to be among the ranks as one of the best Twitter clients around, but that's no longer the case as it's been removed from the Google Play Store.
Flamingo's developer Sam Ruston broke the news on Twitter when answering a user's question as to why the app wasn't showing up in the Play Store, saying –
Very close to the token limit so it has been unpublished. You can still download it if you have purchased it previously by looking in the My Apps section of Google PlayVery close to the token limit so it has been unpublished. You can still download it if you have purchased it previously by looking in the My Apps section of Google Play— Sam Ruston (@Sam_Ruston) April 4, 2018April 4, 2018
That "token limit" that Ruston mentions has been the bane of existence for a number of Twitter clients over the years. Twitter essentially creates x amount of tokens for third-party developers, with each new download of the app resulting in one token. Once a certain limit is reached, the app won't work for new users. It's a terrible system, and it's now caused one of the most customizable and polished clients to be put to rest.
People that have already purchased Flamingo can still download and use it by going to your "My Apps" page in Google Play, and Ruston's noted that "there are no immediate plans for a sequel."
RIP, Flamingo 💔
This is my app for twitter, better say, the app I use for. Fell in love with this one and I came from Fenix.
They wont be uptades then? Hope a sequel, its an excellent app
Damnit, I was going to go back to this when I got frustrated with the ads and algorithms of the official Twitter app.
If you already own it you can go back
More third party clients are going to stop working for different reasons come June if Twitter's API changes go into effect then. You can read more about it at http://apps-of-a-feather.com
I think 🤬 about sums up my feelings on this. When will Twitter realize that power users who got the platform to where it is today tend to use 3rd party apps?
Twitter still can't get out of its own way, I see.
I love Flamingo.
It's dead, Jim.
Deleted.... fitted better in another article about Twitter...
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