Twitter acquires Tweetie: Renames it “Twitter for iPhone” makes it free

Tweetie were very late to update their app when the iPad was launched. Well, they didn’t actually launch one. That made a few people curious.

Now we know why. Twitter has just bought Atebits, the company who makes Tweetie for the iPhone.

Tweetie will now be renamed as “Twitter for iPhone”, and Tweetie’s author, Loren Brichter, will be joining the Twitter company.

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve entered into an agreement with Atebits (aka Loren Brichter) to acquire Tweetie, a leading iPhone Twitter client. Tweetie will be renamed Twitter for iPhone and made free (currently $2.99) in the iTunes AppStore in the coming weeks. Loren will become a key member of our mobile team that is already having huge impact with device makers and service providers around the world.

Twitter also confirmed that an official “Twitter for iPad” app is coming.

It is also expected that Twitter will be rolling out new features for their messaging service via their new app in coming weeks..

What’s your favourite Twitter client on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad? If you are not using “Tweetie” already, will you switch to it now because it’s free, or because it’s the official Twitter app? Let us know your thoughts in the comments..

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