UPDATE #1 | 3:44 p.m.: twidroyd posts it’s first Tweet addressing the issue:
Twitter may have thrown down the gauntlet and started declaring war on third-party Twitter apps by suspending the privelages of UberTwitter and Twidroyd, two most popular Twitter clients on BlackBerry and Android platforms respectively.
When the iPhone was released there were a number of Twitter apps that flooded the the App Store which gave users a lot of options to choose from. Tweetie, fairly quickly, became the most popular iOS Twitter client. When Twitter decided to make its foray into the mobile platform scene it simply went out and bought Tweetie and re-branded it as the Official Twitter app for iPhone.
It seems Twitter is taking another route to make a splash in the BlackBerry and Android platform market. Rather than worrying about buying up the hottest clients it’s decided to just shut them down.
Twidroyd was one of the first Twitter apps released on the Android platform, followed shortly by the Official Twitter for Android app. Although a very unscientific poll seems to indicate that Twidroyd has remained a more popular choice among most Android users.
Is it a coincidence that the two of the most popular apps on the two platforms that official Twitter apps aren’t dominating are the ones who had their privileges revoked? As you can see from the screencap above and from Twitter’s official statement below, they’re making no bones about giving those users, who can no longer use their apps of choice, plenty of ways to get to the official Twitter apps being offered.
Every day, we suspend hundreds of applications that are in violation of our policies. Generally, these apps are used by a small number of users. We are taking the unusual step of sharing this with you because today’s suspension may affect a larger number of users.
We are committed to helping you continue to use Twitter during the disruption of these applications. You can download Twitter for Blackberry, Twitter for Android and other official Twitter apps here. You can also try our mobile web site or apps from other third-party developers.
Twitter has also promoted its own Tweet to the top of the timeline as well as buying the number one trending topic to make their apps easier to find.
Both UberTwitter and Twidroyd are fairly recent acquisitions of UberMedia which has been busy buying up as many third-party Twitter clients as it can get its hands on. The biggest acquisition it’s made by far is the recent purchase of the largest and most popular 3rd party desktop client TweetDeck. If you really want to see the crap hit the fan, just wait until Twitter suspends that app which is used by a whole lot of Twitter power users.
There have been quite a few Tweets from users directed at Twitter asking for clarification which policies these apps violated, but as of now there has been no official response.