Tweetro forced to pull Windows 8 Twitter app and go premium as Twitter hints at own W8 version


We have covered the saga of LazyWormApps and their Twitter client Tweetro running into the 100K API token limit.

They have been corresponding with Twitter asking for more flexibility, given the lack of an official twitter application on the platform.

They have now received a response, which amounts to an emphatic No.

The letter they received in part says (emphasis added):

“Thank you for reaching out to get clarification on our developer policies. As you know, we discourage developers from building apps that replicate our core user experience (aka “Twitter clients”). We  know that there are developers that want to take their passion for Twitter and its ecosystem to unique underserved situations. As such, we have built some flexibility into our policy with regard to user  tokens – which went into effect September 5th, 2012.”

“…Unfortunately, It does not appear that your service addresses an area that our current or future products do not already serve. As such, it does not qualify for an exemption.”

The news closes the door on the free version of Tweetro, which could never have more than 100,000 users, which makes it unprofitable to maintain.

Atta and the team at Lazyworm has announced:

Unless Twitter is willing to change their position, it is with great sadness that I announce we will no longer be able to distribute Tweetro for free.

The free version has been pulled from the Windows Store and an ‘exclusive’ paid version will be launched in the weeks to come.  When the paid version goes live, users who are using the free version of Tweetro will be kindly requested to update to the paid version if they wish to continue using the service.

The silver lining is that it is likely that Twitter is working on their own “future product” to address the Windows 8 Metro gap, which should bode well for features arriving day and date with the other mobile operating systems.


  • ExactTriump

    I bet the App that Twitter will be launching will be designed as an iphone app, just their website. I will gladly donate a buck or two to keep using Tweetro. It is the best Twitter App out there and LazyWorm Apps is a great developer.

  • den

    tweetro is the best atm

    • jabtano

      I’m a Gleek guy …

  • Beezer

    Let’s see what Twitter comes up with. It better be something great soon, or else they’re just being pointless in their argument.

  • alukard

    considering the half assed way twitter handles their windows phone app, I don’t see good things coming from the windows 8 app.

    if only the people app had auto refresh, then that would be my main app.

  • Pierre Venescar

    Twitter is a little harsh with the devs. Give them some freedom

  • Frostie

    The desktop version of tweetro is the best twitter client ever.

  • NorwegianThirtySomething

    I’ll gladly pay for Tweetro when it returns. Twitter’s own apps generally aren’t very good – and Windows 8 has been out for a few weeks now. That Twitter STILL haven’t launched their own Metro client is simply deplorable…