I got an email just a few minutes ago from Twitter informing me that UberTwitter has officially been suspended. I don’t use UberTwitter, but this still comes as a big announcement. Let me share a few pieces from the email and I’ll make a few comments on them as we go along.
First off, I would definitely like to know what policies were violated. I’m not a developer, and it would serve no real meaning for me to know what policies were violated, other than the fact that I love good gossip and I’d at least be able to sound like an industry insider.
I’m not here to judge anyone. If the folks at UberTwitter want to be doing some shady stuff, then that’s their business. And if Twitter wants to suspend them, that’s their as well. Like I said, I don’t use it, so it doesn’t affect me whatsoever.
Even more than the suspension, the aspect of this announcement that really surprises me is the following statement.
More than 100 apps daily? Really?! Maybe I’m missing the definition of and “application”, but how many UberTwitters, and TweetDecks, and HootSuites are there? I know there’s a lot. But enough that over 100 are getting axed each and every single day.
Let’s do the numbers on that. Let’s say 100 suspended apps a day for a whole month.
100 x 30 = 3,000
So, Twitter is telling me that around 3,000 apps are suspended each month. Now, let’s assume that getting suspended is in the minority. That means there are thousands upon thousands of Twitter apps in use. That just seems a little odd to me.
Now again, maybe I’m missing Twitter’s definition of an “application”. Are these figures including bots and automated programs that spam us real users all day long. That kind that bombed my account after I simply mentioned “Taco Bell” the other day? It definitely sounds like an opportunity to inflate some company numbers while making an important announcement that affects a “larger number of users.”
As a sports guy, this reminds me of when stadiums claim they have sold out that night’s game, when in fact they have not. Maybe they gave some remaining tickets to some local charities. Or maybe they still count tickets sold as opposed to fans actually in the seats. Maybe not all the season ticket holders are at the game that night and there are empty seats in the lower bowl, but “technically”, the game is sold out.
Just some interesting thoughts on an important announcement that in no way, shape or form affects me either directly or indirectly.