Ah, Falcon Pro. It’s had a rough life. When it was first released, it quickly rose to the top as one of the most popular Twitter apps out there due to its sleek design and interesting features. But it hit its API token limit of 100,000 pretty quickly, which kept it from adding any new users. So the developer “reset” the API tokens for Falcon Pro to allow users to get back on. But alas, the API token limit has been hit again so the developer decided to do the same thing for a second time.
But when the developer, Joaquim Verges, woke up this morning, he found that all of the tokens for the app had been used up. That would be a crazy amount of people re-downloading the app overnight, so people are now assuming that Twitter has revoked his API keys.
Why would they do that? Well, the folks at Android Police have helped explain a murky area regarding his resetting of the app’s tokens. Apparently Verges was generating a new application key each time he hit or got near the API token limit. But he’d leave the keys for the old version live as well. This gave him more than one API key for the app, and in essence, more than the 100,000 tokens granted to him. That would mean that he’s definitely in violation of Twitter’s API rules, certainly a reason to revoke his API keys.
For now, Verges has pulled the new version of the app from Google Play and has left the old versions live for people already using them. This is a clear example of Twitter’s new API guidelines at work. Those rules are an attempt to keep third-party Twitter apps from stealing attention from Twitter’s own app. We don’t know what will happen with Falcon Pr,o but if Verges pulls it for good, it could be the first of the third-party Twitter giants to fall.
What do you guys think of the entire situation with Twitter? Do you believe that the API rules should be changed again?