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Update: Twitter suspends rival's mobile apps

Sharon Gaudin | Feb. 18, 2011
UberMedia CEO says company is working with Twitter to get apps reinstated

Someone identified as TimBledsoe tweeted, "I feel a great disturbance ... as if millions of voices cried out and were suddenly silenced. #ubertwitter #twidroyd #failwhale @twitter."

To exacerbate the situation, Twitter was using its home page to promote its own TwitterMobile, an application for using the microblogging site on mobile devices.

And users were quick to notice. Someone using the handle Poncho_fletch tweeted, "So #ubertwitter gets shutdown and now #twittermobile is promoted #tt!! Cant knock the hustle!!"

Olds noted that while users shouldn't be too angry, since they have many alternatives to the suspended applications, this move could hurt UberMedia.

"At this point, being suspended by Twitter is a nightmare-like scenario for UberMedia." He said. "They've collected a bunch of twitter-centric clients and now they're banned? Ouch. Twitter holds all the cards here and has the power. The longer Ubermedia is banned from Twitter, the less valuable they become. "

However, Olds added that the suspensions could come back to bite Twitter.

"With this move, Twitter is causing quite a bit of consternation in the user base," he said. "Twitter is going to need to back up their allegations with facts, and soon. What Twitter doesn't want is for this to look like they're banning UberMedia on trumped-up charges in order to give an advantage to Twitter's own mobile apps."

 

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