Twitter for iPhone Now Live. Tweetie 2 Gone from App Store

In early April we reported that Tweetie (developed by Atebits) was acquired by Twitter and the hugely popular iPhone app would be renamed as ‘Twitter for iPhone

The most recent update of Tweetie 2 had an eater egg which featured a slot machine and the winning combination revealed a note saying, the new app was “coming soon”

Today TechCrunch reported that Tweetie 2 disappeared from App Store and now we are hearing that ‘Twitter for iPhone’ is live. The app is not showing up for everyone, however many are reporting that the app is now available.

The principal analyst at Ovum, Eden Zoller, highlighted the fact that Twitter must evaluate its role in software development and consider the tension between developers and platform owners.

However, Twitter needs to be very careful not to alienate the developer community as they drive innovation for the service and also traffic. It should be remembered that applications account for 75% of all tweets.

Developers do not want to go to the trouble and cost of building an app if Twitter itself is going to make a big play for same area. This is exactly what Twitter appears to be doing with its in-house applications for smartphones, and the Tweetie application it acquired in April stands out as a case in point.

It will be interesting to see how the app has changed and what new features have been added. If you have Tweetie 2 installed on your iPhone then you should be noticing a ‘free update’ in the App Store.

Twitter for iPhone (iTunes Link)

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  • http://twitter.com/TylerDurdan Tyler

    looks like it isn't available anywhere just yet

  • Jimmy

    When I click on the “iTunes Link” I get the following message: Your request could not be completed. The item you've requested is not currently available in the US store.” :-(