Twitter atwitter about suspension of popular Twitter apps
Twitter was all atwitter Friday that the social media company had effectively shut down several applications that had become so wildly popular that they are estimated to control as many as 20 percent of tweets that go out around the world on a daily basis.
In a help center message on its corporate site, Twitter accused UberTwitter, which is popular with federal government employees with standard-issue BlackBerrys, and twidroyd of violating its policies. A Twitter spokesman elaborated that "these violations 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."
Business Insider gasped that "Twitter Just Nuked These 10 Celebrities With 9 Million Followers," among them: Lance Armstrong, with 2,743,762 followers; pop starlet Rihanna, with 3,399,061 followers; and NFL Hall-of-Famer and ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth, with 78,862 followers.
UberMedia confirmed in a statement that early Friday morning Twitter shut off access to its service by UberTwitter, twidroyd and UberCurrent.
"We were immediately in touch with Twitter, and the changes they asked us to make were very small. As a result, we have completed the changes, and new apps are currently being posted to their respective stores. Twitter has assured us that as soon as those changes were complete, they would reactivate our applications," the company said.
The company also said that it had been asked to modify the name of UberTwitter, which will now be known as UberSocial.
Many Twitter users, particularly those who have BlackBerries, were unhappy with the decision. Here are some reactions from the Twitter-verse:
"Its funny how such a small insignificant thing like an app #ubertwitter can drastically push you into turmoil!!!"
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