Jan 09 AT 1:12 PM Dima Aryeh 15 Comments

Carbon Twitter app hitting its token limit, new users soon to be out of luck


Carbon has gotten to be a very popular Twitter app, and it looks like its popularity will be its downfall. Carbon is just another app that has been stifled by Twitter’s token limit. Once enough users sign into the app, the tokens will run out and new users will no longer be able to sign in. The app will continue working for existing users, but no one will be able to give it a shot anymore.

This is part of Twitter’s not-so-new policies to keep third party apps from growing too large, often despite users wanting the app to grow. A famous app that was shut down was Falcon Pro. It was taken off the Play Store, and while still being updated, has been very quiet recently.

The developer of Carbon says he’s not upset and has expected this day to come, so we shouldn’t be upset either. Carbon had a great run and will continue to be updated as time goes on. There will be no workarounds implemented, so new users will totally be out of luck.

At the moment, he says that there are a few thousand tokens left for users before they run out. If you wanted to try Carbon, now is the best (and possibly only) time to do so. And if you used Carbon and don’t plan on using it any longer, we urge you to release your token through the Twitter website. Let new users have a chance,; don’t hog that token.

Via: Android Central

Source: +M. Saleh Esmaeili

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • Jim Rocky

    People need to stop developing their apps based on these APIs like Twitter’s.. all you are doing is propping up someone else’s service and you eventually get cut down.

    Building new things is the way to go.. fuck Twitter and Facebook and every other service with API..

    People don’t get that building things for them just gives them more power instead of making competing and better services.

    Yes, it’s easy to piggyback on their user base to try to get exposure but then don’t complain when you get cut off.

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

      I was somewhat with you until the “don’t complain” part. The developer specifically did not complain. It was a warning to his users.

  • Andy Couch

    “Falcon Pro. [...] while still being updated, has been very quiet recently.”

    Not really. A new major update came on the 5th and another minor update was just pushed out yesterday.

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

      I meant it’s been quiet in the media. People tend not to talk about it purely because it’s not inaccessible to new people. I know it’s being updated, I’m a big fan of the app.

      • James

        Not true. Falcon Pro has a work around that anyone can use it if they use the work around.

  • Vance

    Well those went fast! This application is no longer allowing new users.

  • Mick Collingwood

    I’ve always wondered what’s to stop a developer republishing the app with a different API key?

    So they publish APP A to the play store, the app hits its limit.

    They then publish APP B which is APP A with a new key and so on.

    Or an I missing something?

    • Tangent

      I suspect it would be really easy for Twitter to catch on to what they’re doing and invalidate those extra tokens…

      • redraider133

        Falcon Pro did that and ended up being caught and the app taken off the play store (I remember reading about it somewhere)

  • redraider133

    It’s a shame all of these great twitter clients run into this issue, but I guess that is one of the downfalls of relying on someone else for a service. Maybe Twitter can implement some of these features from Carbon and other great twitter apps into their app.

  • michelle

    too bad. I was going to try it because it was on all about android

  • Kathleen

    I’ve been using this app for probably close to a year, but it stopped loading new tweets yesterday,and now I’m shut out of the app completely. So it’s not only new folks who can’t use it…

  • donger