An Update On Tweet Lanes Development
As many reading this will be aware, Twitter have begun enforcing limits on 3rd party clients like Tweet Lanes, capping them at 100,000 user tokens. I have reached out to Twitter to see whether there might be some way I could be issued with more tokens, but I have been informed that Tweet Lanes will not be granted an exemption past this 100,000 limit.
So it saddens me greatly to announce that going forward, I won't be actively developing Tweet Lanes as I have to this point. The cold hard reality is that with this immovable, 100,000 user ceiling, my plans for growing and eventually monetizing the app are no longer feasible.
This will likely be disappointing news for many of you, but given I spent a good chunk of my spare time for 10+ months working on this app, believe me when I say this decision pains me more than it does anyone else.
I'm disappointed that the app is not feature complete, that I won't be able to implement my planned premium features, and that I won't be able to demonstrate some of the cool UX ideas I had (especially in the tablet space). Also, I continue to feel strongly that Twitter users are under-served on Android, and I regret that I won't be able to give my all to try and change that situation.
For what it's worth, I have given serious consideration to creating and selling a new 'Tweet Lanes Pro' application. If I ever reached the 100k user limit for such an application, that would clearly be well worth my time, and I could do whatever I saw fit in creating that app with regards to Twitter's requirements. I am however, very hesitant about pursuing this course of action, as it seems like a bit of a slap in the face to the people who helped me promote the app via 'free for life', even if this circumstance was brought about by factors outside of my control.
But it's by no means all doom and gloom. I haven't achieved all my previously stated goals (http://goo.gl/mnokx
), but developing Tweet Lanes has still been a tremendously enjoyable and positive experience for me on a great many levels.
Going forward, I will still use Tweet Lanes as my daily driver, and I do plan to fix bugs and add new features as time permits. Also, if/when I finish the App.net port, I will absolutely update Tweet Lanes with any new features. If some circumstance arises where Twitter's API restrictions are relaxed, it is highly likely I will resume active development.
Finally, I would like to thank each and every person who has used Tweet Lanes, and especially those who have graciously donated to support the app, and spent their time providing me feedback and encouragement. Without sounding soppy, that alone has been reward enough to make this experience worthwhile for me. I hope to continue to hear from you all going forward as I work on future projects.