MANILA, Philippines - Joaquim Vergès, the developer of third-party Twitter client Falcon Pro, is fighting Twitter over its implementation of a token limit to the number of users a third-party app can have.
Vergès' method of raising awareness about the developer-specific issue is unique, however. He's raised the price of his app to 100 Euro (approximately $132) and dissuaded people from purchasing his client on the app's description on the Google Play store.
While many Twitter users are accustomed to using Twitter through official Twitter clients or the web interface, the power user subset of the Twitter userbase takes advantage of third-party apps to watch their Twitter feed.
Version 1.1 of the Twitter API added a change to Twitter that limited the number of user tokens (basically, the number of people that could use the app to access Twitter) to 100,000. This was limited to a "small set of clients replicating the core Twitter experience."
Twitter emailed me. They refuse to extend the token limit because Falcon doesn't provide any features that their app doesn't have already...— Falcon for Android (@falcon_android) February 26, 2013
Currently, Falcon Pro is fighting a losing battle, as the official Falcon Pro Twitter account posted that Twitter refused to extend the app's token limit, as Twitter says "Falcon doesn't provide any features that their app doesn't have already."
Power users responding to the tweet have sent in words of support, with some noting that Twitter seems to be stifling the very environment that made it grow in popularity to begin with. - Rappler.com