MeTweets developer starts petition against Twitter, puts app on sale


The developer of popular Twitter client for Windows Phone, MeTweets has voiced concerns about the social network regarding access to Site Streams. Kicking off a petition, the developer desires to implement support into the backend of MeTweets, but states that Twitter restricts third party access to that specific API as it's still in beta. Unfortunately, this beta stage was kicked off back in 2010 and it's not clear that will change anytime soon.

So what is Site Streams exactly? It allows developers to immediately send notifications without delay in real-time to the app, giving a more "live" feel to things. Furthermore, by utilising streams in favour of polling it helps to prevent the app from experiencing the dreaded "rate limit reached" issue. Some Windows Phone Twitter clients support Site Streams, including the official client and Rowi. Having access to Site Streams is necessary for MeTweets to get back in the game and offer functionality on par with the competition, so we understand why this developer and other Twitter app devs would like access.

As well as the petition, the developer has also put the app on sale until August 10th. Usually priced at $1.49, you can pick up MeTweets on the Windows Phone Store for just $0.99. While the pool of updates has been barren for some time, we can tease that the developer is working on something that will please many of you. Stay tuned to see what's happening in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, you can participate in the Twitter petition by heading here: https://www.change.org/petitions/twitter-open-up-site-streams-access-for-metweets

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Verkunder says:

I LOVE this app. Bought it the moment I tried it. Signed the petition, too.
I wonder how Rowi got acces...

Rowi has close ties to Microsoft, which is my guess.

Mark Cesari says:

Haha i think someone rained on my parade ;)

BoBallistic says:

Metweets has a touch detection problem on my 920 it always has. Even after redownloading it months later.

Same problem on wp7
N downloaded 3 months ago for free :D

titoyees says:

same problem on windows 7.8 Samsung Focus.
But if you restart it will solved the problem

DaSchnee says:

Still the best twitter app available. Signed the petition right after the developer mentioned it on Twitter

Rhamsey says:

I tried it for a while but I prefer twabbit.

allos autos says:

MeTweets is a fantastic Twitter app. It has always worked perfectly for me. I've never understood why apps like Rowi, Mehdoh, etc., are more popular. :/ And don't get me started on the LD twitter apps...

Alex Bouma says:

MeTweets is a Great app! Please don't get me wrong but it is missing the little things. Like TweetMarker integration or similar functionality wich definitely is a deal breaker on my end because I want to read where I left off.

dikadik says:

every Twitter client are great. feel free to pick which suits you the best.

MadMatt25 says:

I love the oh so contradictory title! :) Thanks for the shout-out about the petition, and I hope Twitter hears about it and changes stuff. I really suspect they simply "forgot" removing that beta tag from Site Streams ;)

Cubeddd says:

Could someone give me a few reasons why this app is better than the official twitter app?

Ryanz says:

^ +1
Was going to ask the same question. I've never had any issues with the office Twitter app.

pressstart says:

I'm pretty content with the official Twitter app too, but I don't really use it much besides reading tweets anyway. There's a dumb bug with the fast resume for me, where it just closes sometimes when I try to go back into it.

titoyees says:

You can watch videos on the app
You can go directly to the link (other Twitter apps you have to touch the twett to another screen and then you can touch the link)
Pictures from Instagram, Flickr ........ you can preview without having to touch them
Tweet timer, can send twets in time

Cubeddd says:

Pretty useful features I must say. Though I hardly use twitter now, could be useful when I get addicted again. Thanks

dikadik says:

yes, the 3rd party twitter app offers you more features than the official twitter for WP. it just a matter you need it or not

Daakkon says:

I have still yet to find a Twitter client for WP8 that works as fast as the official one regarding notifications.

Eas195 says:

I'll stick on twabbit ;)
But, it's bad for Twitter for restricting Site Streams for select devs.

tone84 says:

Mehdoh is the best

Gemini Ace says:

What's wrong with the official app?

Chodeva says:

Agree with tone84 - Mehdoh is streets ahead