Tweetbot shames pirates on Twitter
silently send out a tweet in the background on the user's account that says, "I've been demoing a pirated copy of @tweetbot and really like it so I'm going to buy a copy!" The tweets are normal tweets, so if the user notices, they can delete the tweet, but there are still quite a few out there to be found.Apparently, for about the last week or so, Tweetbot has started checking if the app has been pirated, and if it finds that it has, the app will
The tweets are mostly found on non-english accounts. The editor of MobileBurn, Andrew Kam, has noted that most of the tweets seem to be coming from Russia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
This policy probably won't do much to stop the piracy, but it's an interesting way for a developer to deal with the problem. We can't help but wonder if Falcon Pro for Android might start doing something similar, since it recently hit the Twitter limit partially due to piracy, and had to take drastic measures to stop new downloads.