Mark Jardine explaining the $20 price point of Tweetbot for Mac:

Because of Twitter’s recent enforcement of token limits, we only have a limited number of tokens available for Tweetbot for Mac. These tokens dictate how many users Tweetbot for Mac can have. The app’s limit is separate from, but much smaller than, the limit for Tweetbot for iOS. Once we use up the tokens granted to us by Twitter, we will no longer be able to sell the app to new users. Tapbots will continue to support Tweetbot for Mac for existing customers at that time.

In other words: “Twitter fucked us.”

I talked with Shawn about this today on the B&B Podcast, but Tweetbot for Mac has really been stuck in the middle of a crap storm, think about what has happened (my loose timeline):

  1. Tweetbot releases the beta build.
  2. Twitter pulls the API rug out from under them.
  3. Lots of people (that are target Tweetbot customers) start making the shift from Twitter to App.net.
  4. Tweetbot finally comes out to a smaller market that is actively trying to move away from a Twitter and faces a Twitter that is outwardly hostile toward the app — thus forcing the app to never get very large.

Yikes.

There’d be no shame in having consumed cases of scotch if you are Tapbots.


Posted by Ben Brooks