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.
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)