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March 5, 2014

MetroTwit follows Rowi and retires as Twitter token limits bite

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For those of us that use Twitter having Twitter or third party apps are pretty invaluable. They can also highly personal. We all know what’s important to you may be trivial to me. That’s why it’s important to find the app that fits your needs. That’s also why it sinks that apps get killed off. Today, that app is MetroTwit for Windows 8 and desktop. As MetroTwit follows Rowi and retires as Twitter token limits bite.
Who’s causing the hassle?
Again it’s Twitters access token limit imposed on third party developers. We’ve seen this system kill off apps before, recently Rowi on Windows Phone.
If you own the app, it should continue working on for the foreseeable future, but pretty soon you won’t be even to be able to re-download it.
From the official site of MetroTwit:

“We are saddened to announce the end-of-life of the MetroTwit for Desktop and MetroTwit for Windows 8 apps effective immediately.
Due to the “access token limit imposed by Twitter since August 2012, we are pre-emptively sun-setting MetroTwit due to technical limitations of Twitter’s API which may prevent existing users from accessing the app after the limit has been crossed.
Effective immediately, we will be removing the MetroTwit for Desktop installer and MetroTwit for Windows 8 Store listing to ensure the app remains usable by all current users.”

I personally was a big fan of MetroTwit, especially for desktop. It’s a sad state to see developers lose their apps to something so arbitrary, but we hope this is not the end.
Luckily, Tweetium for Windows 8 seems to be filling the gap nicely. Though it has no desktop.
The developers behind MetroTwit, namely David Golden, Winston Pang, Long Zheng, thanks for your work.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini