As some of you may have already noticed the download link for the Tweetbot for Mac alpha no longer works. Twitter’s latest API Changes means now we have a large but finite limit on the number of user tokens we can get for Tweetbot for Mac. We’ve been working with Twitter over the last few days to try to work around this limit for the duration of the beta but have been unable to come up with solution that was acceptable to them. Because of this we’ve decided its best for us to pull the alpha.
Standing in painfully stark contrast to Haddad's deflationary article from only ten days ago, Tapbots has evidently run up against an immovable structure: reality.
Looking at the juxtaposition of the two posts, we're presented with a palpable sense of the human impact of Twitter's decisions. Regardless of any conjecture concerning the company's intentions, Haddad's posts show how precisely much can change in as little as ten days when dealing with Twitter — and certainly not for the betterment of the situation.
Perhaps of the greatest interest is the Haddad's implication that Twitter has been uncooperative in its dealings with Tapbots. Dismissing any latent hopes that Twitter may allow exceptions to its newfound ruleset, Haddad's post demonstrates that Twitter is now unquestionably working toward its own ends, irrespective of its developer relationships.
Tweetbot for Mac, despite its developmental nascence, is an absolute pleasure to use. And yet, with Twitter's newfound API controls, such an experience is already in long-term jeopardy, even though the application has yet to see a formal public release.
Beyond decrying Twitter's behavior, the matter has made a significant leap into the realm of personal impact, and that's certainly a shame to behold.