February 18, 2011 | by Lars Aronsson
One of the first Twitter apps for Android, and a client that consistently has been among the most popular of them, Twidroyd, has just been downright suspended by Twitter itself. So if your Twidroyd app hasn’t been working today, that explains it.
We have no idea what kind of nasty stuff Twidroyd has been up to in order to get suspended, but apparently the company behind it, UberMedia, has violated a number of Twitter’s rules that are there to protect users. UberTwitter for iPhone and BlackBerry has also been blocked.
Since Twidroyd is so popular, its developer has a lot to lose and will most likely do everything to get the app up and running as soon as possible and return to Twitter’s good grace again. According to the folks at Twitter, they suspend hundreds of apps every day, but they made a specific announcement about these particular apps since it will affect a lot of users:
“Regardless of how you access Twitter, we are dedicated to making Twitter better, faster and more reliable for you. As part of this effort, we ask applications that work with Twitter to abide by a simple set of rules that we believe are in the interests of our users, and the health and vitality of the Twitter platform as a whole. We often take actions to enforce these rules.
We have suspended UberTwitter and twidroyd for violating our policies.”
Update: Twitter has given a more specific explanation to the suspension of Twidroyd: “the violations include, but aren’t limited to, a privacy issue with private Direct Messages longer than 140 characters, trademark infringement, and changing the content of users’ Tweets in order to make money.” That last item on the list makes me glad I’m not a Twidroyd user. May I recommend Plume and Twicca?