For Blackberry and Android users everywhere, it seems that our world came crashing down on Friday afternoon, as UberTwitter and Twitdroid apps became inactive. What seemed like a mere glitch in the system turned out to be a complete overhaul and banning of the apps, as Twitter deemed UberMedia’s programs (which include UberTwitter and Twitdroyd) in violation of certain policies, such as privacy issues of direct messages longer than 140 characters and trademark infringement (PC World, Twitter Blocks UberTwitter and Twitdroyd). We were all forced, against our will, and encouraged by Twitter Corp to download the “official” Twitter app (which I’ve had in the past and was not impressed with).
I have to say, I felt extremely disconnected, flabbergasted and slighted all at once. For one, I partook in a personal boycott against downloading the “official” Twitter app; I personally just felt that for an app like Twitter, that was made entirely to be MOBILE, it’s moblie site was…lacking. I was also surprised at Twitter’s drastic step to deactivate the programs, simply because it was these third party programs that made the app so popular in the first place. Biting the hand that feeds them? Maybe. And to be cut off so suddenly? Bad form. There was no advance warning, no notification; UberMedia users were just simply cut off.
But by the powers above, or more accurately UberMedia, the ubers and twitdroids were restored by Sunday, renaming the applications UberSocial, to comply with the new rules. As I anxiously downloaded the new UberSocial, a barrage of tweets from those I followed were seen, with praises of joy and hail marys, that their beloved Uber was back. And it was like old times; we didn’t even skip a beat.
With Twitter beginning to crack down on copyright infringements and rules, where do you think the company will go from there? Possibly even claiming the word “tweet” could be capitalizing on the name? Afterall, they may not have created the word, but it is now, for the most part, universally associated with the company. Is Twitter on the right track?