Popular 3rd Party Twitter App Fenix Pulled From the Play Store

Popular 3rd Party Twitter App Fenix Pulled From the Play Store

Just 6 months after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey promised to reset relations with Developers, it is apparent that the biggest issue facing Twitter developers is not changing anytime soon, as the popular 3rd party Twitter app Fenix has been given a death sentence after reaching the controversial 100,000 token limit. Matteo Villa, the app’s developer announced on Twitter earlier today that due to the Token limit he had pulled the app from the play store and that new users would be unable to use the app. Current users need not worry as they can reinstall the app at any time in the future via the “My Apps” section of the Play Store.

The social media site has performed poorly of late with shares hitting an all-time low in February, plunging to just $14.91 partly due to a wider market sell around the same time, but mostly due to the departure of five executives as the company fails to meet desired user growth. The announcement of the “algorithmic” method of viewing Tweets was another nail in the coffin around the same time, despite this option only affecting the top of a users timeline and being able to be turned off via settings. The announcement caused the hashtag #RIPTwitter to burst on to the scenes where it remained trending for several days.

Not all shareholders are concerned however as the company currently holds a little over $3.5 billion in cash according to S&P Capital IQ, which means at the current $8.5 million a year expenditure average after taking into account the payment of $1.4 billion worth of debt. Twitter still has enough money to last another 412 years.

The largest issues developers of third-party Twitter apps face began in 2012 when the previously wide-open API was severely crippled by new rules. These changes were announced to the public as intended “to bring more consistency to the platform” but served instead to infuriate many developers and even cause a few companies that relied on the open API to close. Much like Android, many of the site’s features originated from inside the community such as the Retweet and the # and @ uses. Potentially Twitter’s most important features all came from the users and developers in the community. By shunning developers and reducing the number of people working on the platform they are themselves harming their own growth by biting the hand that fed them.

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