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Twitter's new rules force the cancellation of core Ubuntu Touch app

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Twitter's new rules force the cancellation of core Ubuntu Touch app
Twitter's new rules have been causing trouble for 3rd party apps for a while now. We've already seen the issues with Falcon Pro for Android hitting the token limit, and the maker of Carbon for Android has said that he won't continue with the tablet Twitter client project he had planned. Now, the core Twitter app for Ubuntu Touch has been cancelled for seemingly similar reasons.

The reasoning isn't 100% clear though. All we know for sure is that a Canonical software engineer, Robert Bruce Park, posted the following message in an Ubuntu Phone mailing list:
So far, Twitter Core App has been cancelled due to negotiations with Twitter. So, disappointingly, official twitter app will be a browser pointed at m.twitter.com.
The simplest explanation is that Twitter simply doesn't want any more 3rd party apps, though it's unclear if this means that Twitter is planning to build an official app for Ubuntu Touch. 

Canonical has tasked developers with building 12 core apps for Ubuntu Touch, including Facebook and Twitter. Twitter won't be happening now, but Park's message went on to say that "no matter what happens, Gwibber is full steam ahead." Gwibber is Canonical's built-in app for Facebook and Twitter status updates for Ubuntu. So, there will be a native app solution for Twitter, but there won't be a dedicated app unless someone else decides to build one. 

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posted on 23 Mar 2013, 01:04 2

1. techloverNYC (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


twitter is for stalkers and wanna be celebrities.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 02:57 1

2. SleepingOz (Posts: 2474; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


Never understood the fuss about twitter either, but well..

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 09:30 3

4. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Twitter's best features are for real-time news and gathering around events in real-time. Google+ is for time-shifted news, discussing events more fully, and photography. Facebook is for stalking the people you used to know but don't really keep in contact with anymore.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 14:01

6. saiki4116 (Posts: 302; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


Great Summary... :D

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 09:25

3. alexzibrit (Posts: 67; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


I thought that is what Facebook was for, have you seen facebook lately?

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 10:38 1

5. Jyakotu (Posts: 813; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Guess because I'm younger, I love Twitter. I use for many different things, especially tweeting real time during TV shows or events I'm at. I only know 2 friends and one acquantiance who is on G+, but they don't even use their accounts. Even my account is collecting dust, honestly. So until something better comes along, Facebook & Twitter > G+. Just my opinion though.

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