[Editorial] Good 3rd Party Twitter Clients Are Now An Exclusive Party

Falcon Pro DroidDog

Falcon Pro has been receiving A LOT of publicity lately.  Unfortunately it’s not because it’s a fantastic Twitter client (it is), but because of Twitter’s policies for third party clients and their 100K token limit.  I really respect Falcon Pro’s dev Joaquim Vergès for how hard he’s worked to keep this app going.  I love Falcon Pro.  I think its a rad Twitter client and I love how aggressively it’s being developed by Vergès.  When it hit the 100K wall I was super bummed (as I’m sure Vergès was and many others) because I was afraid that development would stop on this fantastic app.  Vergès worked hard to petition Twitter to raise Falcon Pro’s token limit, but was shut down.  Now he’s come up with a new plan to hopefully squash piracy for the app, and release the tokens hoarded by piracy.  But it’s brought out some interesting feelings in me in  regards to an phone app that I’ve never had before…

Falcon Pro has just been resurrected for those that were hoping to get their hands on the app, and even those that bought it and weren’t able to get a token after it reached it’s limit.  Also, my hopes for Falcon Pro to be further developed were renewed.  However. even though lots of these exclusive Twitter tokens were probably just made available, they’re not going to be around forever.  Who knows how many tokens were taken up by people using the app with different Twitter accounts and not piracy…

Falcon Pro is a limited commodity now.

Falcon Pro is a limited commodity now.  Vergès raised the price of Falcon Pro “for new buyers to 1.49€ to slow down the next token cap.”  Whether or not the price increase is to slow things down is true, it doesn’t matter to me.  I’d pay two bucks for the app, it’s a great twitter client.  But Falcon Pro is going to hit the token cap again.  Who knows when, but I want to make sure I didn’t miss out.  I paid for the app.  I wanted to make sure I got my access to it.  If you don’t act fast, you may miss out on access to this app that YOU paid money for.  When has this ever happened before?  It’s not Vergès fault.  He’s doing all he can to play this fairly.  It’s Twitter and their lame-o policies that are making things complicated.

So to me, it’s just kind of strange how I felt when I learned about today’s Falcon Pro 1.6.7 update used to release tokens stolen by piracy.  I felt like I had to fight for Falcon Pro.  I wanted to make sure I had it, and definitely would’ve felt pretty butt-hurt if I would’ve lost out.  Am I crazy?  It’s just an interesting situation that Twitter has created with app developers and end users.  Good 3rd party Twitter clients are now exclusive.  You’re going to need to be an early adopter to join the party.

Good 3rd party Twitter clients are now exclusive.  You’re going to need to be an early adopter to join the party.

So did you rush to make sure you got your piece of Falcon Pro?  Still considering Falcon Pro for yourself?  If you think you want it, jump on it now because who knows what will happen.  You can get Falcon Pro here.  The other new issue is what will happen to Falcon Pro once the token limit is reached again.  It’ll be disappointing if development stops, but understandable too I suppose.  Regardless, Falcon’s a great app now, so I’m glad I bought into it early and am a part of it now.  What about you?  Where do you stand?  Let us know by commenting below.

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