Twitter Blackballs UberTwitter for Copyright Infringement
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In a brief statement issued today, Twitter explains why UberTwitter went black some time this afternoon:
Regardless of how you access Twitter, we are dedicated to making Twitter better, faster and more reliable for you. As part of this effort, we ask applications that work with Twitter to abide by a simple set of rules that we believe are in the interests of our users, and the health and vitality of the Twitter platform as a whole. We often take actions to enforce these rules.
We have suspended UberTwitter and twidroyd for violating our policies.
Every day, we suspend hundreds of applications that are in violation of our policies. Generally, these apps are used by a small number of users. We are taking the unusual step of sharing this with you because today’s suspension may affect a larger number of users.
We are committed to helping you continue to use Twitter during the disruption of these applications. You can download Twitter for Blackberry, Twitter for Android and other official Twitter apps here. You can also try our mobile web site or apps from other third-party developers.
Listen, I've used the official Twitter app for Blackberry and let me tell you, it blows. I can't really say why it blows, it just does. UberTwitter has always been reliable, fun to use and, well, sexier than other Twitter apps I've tried, especially the Twitter for Blackberry app they tried to push on me this afternoon after UberTwitter kept cockblocking me with "! Forbidden" messages.
Twitter has not discussed on their blog yet but I'm hoping they will otherwise we get into that creepy realm where Facebook now lies; you know, the big scary tech company conspiring to steal your information or otherwise treat you like a piece of garbage now that you're addicted to their platform.
Equally tacky, Twitter is now promoting #TwitterMobile in trending tweets. Coincidence? Fuck off, the application sucks.
UberMedia CEO Bill Gross (different Bill Gross than you bond whores might be familiar with) released a statement himself, assuring us UT would be back promptly, just with a new name. I don't care what they call it, just give me my favorite Twitter app back.
PASADENA, Calif. - Bill Gross, CEO of UberMedia, Inc., today made the following statement regarding Twitter’s suspension of service to UberTwitter, Twidroyd and UberCurrent:
Early Friday morning, Twitter shut off access to its service by several of our Twitter client applications: UberTwitter, Twidroyd, and UberCurrent. Twitter then notified us that they believed we were in violation of several provisions of their terms of service.
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.
Twitter also asked us to modify the name of UberTwitter. We began a process of changing the name three weeks ago by polling our users, and we’ve decided based on their input to change the product name to UberSocial, which we completed today.
To our millions of loyal users, we appreciate your patience during this temporary period. We look forward to continuing our innovations on the Twitter platform.
Let's hope Twitter doesn't suspend me for daring to mention their name.
As of 6pm EST, UberMedia was just waiting for Twitter to reactivate their applications. Stay tuned to their feed for updates.