Jun 19 AT 12:14 PM Nick Sarafolean 23 Comments

Falcon Pro pulled from Play Store

Falcon Pro

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?

Via: Android Police

Source: Falcon Pro (Twitter)

A nerd at heart, Nick is an average person who has a passion for all things electronic. When not spending his time writing about the latest gadgets, Nick enjoys reading, dabbling in photography, and experimenting with anything and everything coffee. Should you wish to know more about him, you can follow him on Twitter @Zricon15.

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  • masterpfa

    Best Twitter app for my needs, shame if it is pulled altogether

    sob sob!

    • Raul W. Smith

      Start working at home with Google! It’s by-far the best job Ive had. Last Monday I got a new Alfa Romeo from bringing in $7778. I started this 9 months ago and practically straight away started making more than $83 per hour. I work through this link, http://www.Bling6.â„‚om

  • redraider133

    Wish this wouldn’t happen but he wasn’t violating the TOS with how he was doing it. Hope somehow they can get this worked out. It was a great app.

    • uzunoff

      Clearly twitter is the dumbest company around.
      They have a clear market for their tokens or for the increase of that token count, and instead of capitalizing on it, they choose to alienate users and developers.
      The two groups that are largely responsible for its success.

      I think twitter has reached its myspace moment. Improve and capitalize or fade away and become irrelevant.

      • redraider133

        They want to make it so after awhile it is not worth it and more people use their app. Hate it or not, they want everyone to use their app so more $$$$ for them.

  • http://muddypa.ws/blog nportelli

    Boo. If Twitter wants people to use their app, make a good one. Or allow devs to buy more API tokens.

    • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

      “Or allow devs to buy more API tokens.”

      Exactly. If they don’t want the 3rd party apps, (or limit them to 100k users), Twitter needs to make it so they can earn money from the 3rd parties.

      I don’t understand the fear from them. Do they not care about their app (meaning competition breeds creativity and moves things forward), or think it’s not good enough to beat the 3rd party options? Do they not want to monetize their platform?

      • orangestrat

        I dont’ know why they don’t just integrate ads into the rest of the timeline.

  • benjclyde

    One of the few Twitter apps that makes it easy to access your Twitter Lists. Something that the oficial twitter app burys so deep that there is no point in even using it.

  • sknoslo

    At first Twitter’s decision to limit the tokens really rubbed me the wrong way. I thought they only wanted people to use their own app so they could force advertisements and promotions (which is certainly part of it). But I now understand they are also trying to protect their brand and their investors so they can continue to make money. If a third party application had a few million users and they decided to do something unethical (like sell user information) or alter the way Twitter works, it reflects poorly on Twitter.

    So, yes, it is kind of annoying because so many third party apps are so much better than the official one, but I now understand and respect the decision.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      User data like passwords? Third party devs have no access to it, since logging in is done through Twitter authorization, not the app itself.

    • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

      I dig what you are saying. However, i think if a developer did that, it would look bad at the developer, and there would be a mass exodus.

      “But I now understand they are also trying to protect their brand and their investors so they can continue to make money.”
      I feel that if this was the case, than they wouldn’t allow any 3rd party. I mean any info that is sold is an egregious action. Regardless if it’s million, or the 100k that Twitter allows. It’s basically saying, if you leak some info…that’s cool. But if you start getting more users than our app…then there is trouble. I think it has a LOT to do with them getting info from your phone (as well as ads). I don’t know what permissions the official twitter app has, but it would be interesting to see them compared side by side with Falcon Pro’s.

      I think Twitter’s reaction is a knee-jerk. I think that reflects more poorly on Twitter. I understand that it’s own company, and don’t even have to let people connect to it via 3rd party support. It’s their choice.

      Ultimately though…if I wanted to have no choice, I would have went with iOS. I think this will hurt the brand more than help it. This is not the news Twitter wants to have all over the internet.

  • Old School

    I have yet to figure what the hell twitter is good for anyhow?

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    Twitter needs to pull a stick out of somewhere. They’re ruining the service!!

  • KentuckyHouse

    Man, Twitter is really starting to tick me off. One of the things I love about Falcon Pro is the fact that you can choose a dark theme, thereby saving battery (and it’s easier on the eyes). I’d use the official Twitter app if they’d only give us a dark theme. Seems they’re taking a page out of Apple’s book and think telling us what we need rather than giving us choices is the way to go.

    • uzunoff

      Honestly the main reason why I use falcon pro is their widget.
      I don’t tweet but I do follow. That widget is like no other in style and features.

  • Jeff

    You’d think that if Twitter is going to kill off third party applications, the least they could do is decrappify their first party application.

  • mipd1980

    Yup, I’m back to Using the Twitter app on my S4, I used to like Plume but it kept giving me an API error at work where Twitter is blocked. We’ll see what happens. I really like Falcon Pro too, all my favorites, sists and that Widget is off the chain. Oh Well…

  • hurracayne

    Twitter owners go hug something sharp

  • jenskristian

    Twitter is no longer for the technology nerds, but for young teens commenting on American Idol or The Voice.

  • NexusNYC

    The dummies who run twitter now should buy falcon pro and make that the official app. If Falcon shuts down ill stop using twitter because the official twitter app doesnt suit my needs. Its that simple.

  • donger

    Noooo.

  • LosAltosHills

    I just got my 1st android, the HTC One and this was the 1st app I bought and Installed. I love it and what twitter is doing to the 3rd party apps is shameful. I wonder if devs agreed to show sponsored posts if they would relax their token limit.

  1. Best Twitter app for my needs, shame if it is pulled altogether

    sob sob!

    • Raul W. SmithGuest 2 years ago

      Start working at home with Google! It’s by-far the best job Ive had. Last Monday I got a new Alfa Romeo from bringing in $7778. I started this 9 months ago and practically straight away started making more than $83 per hour. I work through this link, http://www.Bling6.â„‚om

  2. Wish this wouldn’t happen but he wasn’t violating the TOS with how he was doing it. Hope somehow they can get this worked out. It was a great app.

    • Clearly twitter is the dumbest company around.
      They have a clear market for their tokens or for the increase of that token count, and instead of capitalizing on it, they choose to alienate users and developers.
      The two groups that are largely responsible for its success.

      I think twitter has reached its myspace moment. Improve and capitalize or fade away and become irrelevant.

      • They want to make it so after awhile it is not worth it and more people use their app. Hate it or not, they want everyone to use their app so more $$$$ for them.

  3. Boo. If Twitter wants people to use their app, make a good one. Or allow devs to buy more API tokens.

    • “Or allow devs to buy more API tokens.”

      Exactly. If they don’t want the 3rd party apps, (or limit them to 100k users), Twitter needs to make it so they can earn money from the 3rd parties.

      I don’t understand the fear from them. Do they not care about their app (meaning competition breeds creativity and moves things forward), or think it’s not good enough to beat the 3rd party options? Do they not want to monetize their platform?

  4. One of the few Twitter apps that makes it easy to access your Twitter Lists. Something that the oficial twitter app burys so deep that there is no point in even using it.

  5. At first Twitter’s decision to limit the tokens really rubbed me the wrong way. I thought they only wanted people to use their own app so they could force advertisements and promotions (which is certainly part of it). But I now understand they are also trying to protect their brand and their investors so they can continue to make money. If a third party application had a few million users and they decided to do something unethical (like sell user information) or alter the way Twitter works, it reflects poorly on Twitter.

    So, yes, it is kind of annoying because so many third party apps are so much better than the official one, but I now understand and respect the decision.

    • User data like passwords? Third party devs have no access to it, since logging in is done through Twitter authorization, not the app itself.

    • I dig what you are saying. However, i think if a developer did that, it would look bad at the developer, and there would be a mass exodus.

      “But I now understand they are also trying to protect their brand and their investors so they can continue to make money.”
      I feel that if this was the case, than they wouldn’t allow any 3rd party. I mean any info that is sold is an egregious action. Regardless if it’s million, or the 100k that Twitter allows. It’s basically saying, if you leak some info…that’s cool. But if you start getting more users than our app…then there is trouble. I think it has a LOT to do with them getting info from your phone (as well as ads). I don’t know what permissions the official twitter app has, but it would be interesting to see them compared side by side with Falcon Pro’s.

      I think Twitter’s reaction is a knee-jerk. I think that reflects more poorly on Twitter. I understand that it’s own company, and don’t even have to let people connect to it via 3rd party support. It’s their choice.

      Ultimately though…if I wanted to have no choice, I would have went with iOS. I think this will hurt the brand more than help it. This is not the news Twitter wants to have all over the internet.

  6. Old SchoolGuest 2 years ago

    I have yet to figure what the hell twitter is good for anyhow?

  7. Twitter needs to pull a stick out of somewhere. They’re ruining the service!!

  8. KentuckyHouseGuest 2 years ago

    Man, Twitter is really starting to tick me off. One of the things I love about Falcon Pro is the fact that you can choose a dark theme, thereby saving battery (and it’s easier on the eyes). I’d use the official Twitter app if they’d only give us a dark theme. Seems they’re taking a page out of Apple’s book and think telling us what we need rather than giving us choices is the way to go.

    • Honestly the main reason why I use falcon pro is their widget.
      I don’t tweet but I do follow. That widget is like no other in style and features.

  9. JeffGuest 2 years ago

    You’d think that if Twitter is going to kill off third party applications, the least they could do is decrappify their first party application.

  10. Yup, I’m back to Using the Twitter app on my S4, I used to like Plume but it kept giving me an API error at work where Twitter is blocked. We’ll see what happens. I really like Falcon Pro too, all my favorites, sists and that Widget is off the chain. Oh Well…

  11. Twitter owners go hug something sharp

  12. Twitter is no longer for the technology nerds, but for young teens commenting on American Idol or The Voice.

  13. The dummies who run twitter now should buy falcon pro and make that the official app. If Falcon shuts down ill stop using twitter because the official twitter app doesnt suit my needs. Its that simple.

  14. LosAltosHillsGuest 2 years ago

    I just got my 1st android, the HTC One and this was the 1st app I bought and Installed. I love it and what twitter is doing to the 3rd party apps is shameful. I wonder if devs agreed to show sponsored posts if they would relax their token limit.