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Tweetbot for Mac is Finally Here

Thu, 18 Oct 2012 «permalink»

Tweetbot is here. And the reviews are in. I’m in the process of moving so I don’t have much time to write my own right now, but it’s almost pointless to when I can just refer to the king of app reviews, Federico Viticci:

With Tweetbot for Mac, I give my last and official goodbye to the app that used to be Tweetie.

It’s a really great app. Rather unfortunate, though, is the price. It’s $20. There’s a reason for this:

Because of Twitter’s recent enforcement of token limits, we only have a limited number of tokens available for Tweetbot for Mac. These tokens dictate how many users Tweetbot for Mac can have. The app’s limit is separate from, but much smaller than, the limit for Tweetbot for iOS. Once we use up the tokens granted to us by Twitter, we will no longer be able to sell the app to new users. Tapbots will continue to support Tweetbot for Mac for existing customers at that time.

This limit and our desire to continue to support the app once we sell out is why we’ve priced Tweetbot for Mac a little higher than we’d like. It’s the best thing we can do for the long term viability of the product. We know some will not be happy about Tweetbot for Mac’s pricing, but the bottom line is Twitter needs to provide us with more tokens for us to be able to sell at a lower the price. We spent a year developing this app and it’s the only way for us to be able to make our money back and continue supporting it with updates in the future. Feel free to let Twitter know how you feel about it.

Tweetbot might be the first Mac App Store app that will actually be able to sell out of stock. Crazy. And not at all their fault. Looks like Twitter decided that they didn’t want to work with Tapbots (read the part that says devs can “work with them” if they want more tokens). I can only imagine what sort of terms Twitter would have wanted to enforce to allow Tweetbot to have more tokens.

Pretty interesting how this is played out.