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Falcon Pro Twitter Client Reaches 100K Token Limit

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Back in August, Twitter decided that third party clients that replicate its core features (home timeline, direct messages, etc.) were not necessarily great for business going forward. As a business that has a mega-value yet can’t seem to figure out that whole profitability thing, they decided that maybe apps that were being used in place of their official were part of the problem. As such, they set a 100,000 limit for the number of tokens (sort of like an individual user) that can be allotted to 3rd party apps. Unfortunately for upstarts like our beloved Falcon Pro, that limit can be reached quite easily. In fact, last night, Falcon Pro hit their 100K token limit and can no longer add new users. 

You can imagine how this could put quite the damper on development for an app that is just getting started. Users who buy the app are left without the ability to actually sign-in, which in turn leads to poor reviews, complaints about the dev, a need for refunds, and so fourth. For now, the developer has added a note to the app listing, so that people aren’t buying it going forward. Obviously, this doesn’t work long term, especially for someone trying to make a living off of their app.

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So until they can figure out a way to convince Twitter that their app offers something unique and does not simply copy the core values of Twitter, they can’t get this 100K limit lifted and are stuck in a very difficult place.

Oh, did we mention that of the 100K, that 40K are active installs, which means a whole bunch were taken by people who either pirated the app or installed, took a token and then never opened it again? If you aren’t using the app, you’ll find instructions down below to revoke access, something you should seriously consider if Falcon isn’t your Twitter app of choice.

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Falcon Pro is not the first to have this happen. Tweet Lanes, another popular Android Twitter client decided to cut development once they realized that they could not move passed the 100K limit. Popular Windows 8 app Tweetro hit the limit and was unable to have it lifted, even though Twitter doesn’t even offer a Twitter client on Windows 8.

So what can you do? Well, a couple of things.

  1. If you aren’t using Falcon Pro, GIVE UP YOUR TOKEN. From a PC browser, head to Twitter.com and select Settings>Apps, find Falcon Pro and “Revoke Access” to the app. That should free up a token that you aren’t using for someone else.
  2. If you flash ROMs with regularity, be careful. There are reports that after flashing, you are left without access. Titanium Backups of the app may still work, though.
  3. A petition has been started, though I’m not sure what it can do. Here it is.
  4. Follow @falcon_android for the latest.

Cheers Lake and Brendon!

  • Corey Smith

    Dumb question what if we revoke a token but then after a while want to go back to that client? Out of all the clients I’ve used so far, this one is far superior. I had been a long time tweetcaster user.

  • Arlington Albertson

    yes, because the architectural marvels of scale that they’ve performed on the server side are completely garbage….dude….take a chill pill… I agree, Twitter needs to get off their ass, I LOVED TweetDeck for years, but once they bought them it went so stagnant that it became not worth it. They do need to get some more focus on the apps themselves, but damn dude!

  • Eric

    Anyone trying to re-install the app will be presented with the error that Twitter can’t authenticate any more users BUT if you contain your frustration you can click “Sign In” in the upper right hand corner of the app and still log in using the original authorized token you obtained.

  • http://www.facebook.com/arfore Andy Fore

    I was able to successfully restore my app+data using Titanium Backup Pro, twice after the token limit was reached. Also, it survived two reboots after restoring the data.

  • http://soundcloud.com/section8atl section8atl

    It was disappointing when Twitter announced the new set of restrictions a while ago, and even more so now hearing that Falcon Pro has hit the token limit.

    One of the main reasons I feel Twitter became as popular as it has is because of the availability of third-party applications. It’s similar to the popularity of Android IMO, as there were tons of options for people to suit what they were looking for in a Twitter client.

    The set of restrictions & API guidelines they have set up are a slap in the face to all the developers that helped make Twitter what it is now.

  • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

    How come Twitter doesn’t just purchase it from them? They seem to be doing nothing with Tweetdeck.

  • EvanTheGamer

    SHI*************************! I was SO going to download Falcon Pro a few days ago, but I didn’t(too many other things going on at the time and forgot). DAMN…now WTF is the point?

    Really sucks for the Falcon Pro devs though…wow.

    That’s pretty low, Twitter, even for you! Don’t turn into Facebook, please!

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

    Here’s what I would do if I were twitter.

    Keep the current official app free and minimal.

    Since you already bought Tweetdeck, begin development on that app with some of the features power users want. Sell that app for 99 cents.

    Obviously people are willing to buy a useful twitter app. This should be a no brainer.

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

    I don’t use it full time but I’m not willing to give up my token. If/when the app updates, I want to be able to try it out, because I paid for it.

    If I could get a refund, fine. I would revoke access. But the token limitation isn’t then fault of the end user who bought the app legally.

  • bkDJ

    5. Stop using twitter

  • http://www.KamilGPhotography.com/ KamilG

    I actually did buy this app and I loved it at first. There were a few things that I kind of missed when I used my old Twitter apps so I went back to those. I’m not sure I should do this but I might as well give up my token considering some others are waiting.

  • TheDrunkenClam

    Forth.
    Not fourth.

  • kane

    I bought it on like day one. And I’ve never been a huge fan of twitter. The app is excellent and frequently updated. Its not developers fault they can’t monetize. Twitter should just ask for a cut of the 3rd parties sales. Solved

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    Twitter better wise up. There is nothing worse than a social networker scorned

  • Simon Belmont

    Considering how popular Twitter is, 100,000 tokens is a really low allotment. This is truly a shame.

    Twitter was built on the backs of great third party developers and this how they are repaid. Keep it classy, Twitter.

  • xxdesmus

    Screw you Twitter if this kind BS continues.

  • http://andymerskin.com/ Andy Merskin

    It is pretty lame, honestly, that more than 100,000 people can’t use their preferred Twitter client. There’s got to be a better solution.

    I know Twitter wants a better user experience and probably prefer people to use their apps, but they should have foreseen third parties in the first place.

    • http://twitter.com/Rkahla Rob Kahla

      O.o? they just hit the limit but more than 100K people can’t use it?? I doubt it was getting that many DL’s a day… and hitting the cap doesn’t stop the 100K on it

  • Colin Bell

    just revoked so there’s one token. Prefer tweetlanes

  • Alter

    So what was the dev’s plan? They knew the limit exists when they released the app. Were they hoping Twitter would change their mind by the time they reached 100k?

  • http://twitter.com/TheTerrorWrist Poise

    Damn this sucks! This was one of the few developers that implemented the Multi View feature on the N2.

  • http://twitter.com/RxREX_ SCHOOLBOY ركس

    Interestingly, it took Carbon 8 days to hit 140k and Twitter hasn’t shut them down at all.

    • http://twitter.com/mobilephonesfan Mobile Phones Fan

      But Carbon is among the many 3rd-party clients that were in use prior to Twitter’s (16 Aug., 2012) announcement of new API rules.

      Twitter’s API provides a separate ceiling for all such ‘grandfathered’ apps…200% of their tokens in use, as of the policy change.

      Assuming Carbon’s previous incarnations — WebOS, WindowsPhone — were very popular, their top limit could be well above 100K.

      Not sure if this site allows outside links (and I’m completely fed up with super-slow moderation), so just Google this headline.:

      Changes coming in Version 1.1 of the Twitter API
      .

  • http://twitter.com/Geovanni_Hiero Geo

    They should make it at least 500K
    100K is too small for how many people use twitter

  • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

    Upload multiple versions of the same app. but append the name. like “Falcon Pro 1K” then “Falcon Pro 2K” so on and so forth. stick it to the man. updates would only kinda suck, but maybe its worth it. who knows?

    • http://twitter.com/Geovanni_Hiero Geo

      maybe in different colors so it’s technically different so Twitter doesn’t throw a fit

  • http://www.facebook.com/joeygueez Joe Guido

    Love Falcon pro, best twitter app out there.

  • JetBlue

    Could it be possible that they make another Falcon Pro and have you just transfer your account over thus people who actually use it will be the ones with tokens and then others can join also?

  • Matt Barry

    Just confirming that I flashed a new ROM this morning on my N7 and am able to log back into Falcon without issue, after restoring via Titanium Backup Pro.

  • http://www.keithbluhm.com/ Keith

    I wonder how all those people feel after calling Chris Lacey and Tweet Lanes a lazy lying bastard.

  • Michael Quinlan

    I’m one of the few in the world who can’t comprehend the value of Twitter. If Twitter can’t figure out how to make money off their own service, they shouldn’t be stifling third party development, they should be learning from it. I’m sure the platform itself is worthwhile, but seeing the inane content on a regular basis would drive me nuts.

  • http://twitter.com/Duullaann Dulan C. Swagwagon

    I flash regularly and was able to sign into Falcon Pro since I had a token prior to this. I tend to use the official client due to the push notifications versus having an app poll every 15 minutes for updates. Either way, I’m not sure how true #2 is on that list is what I’m trying to point out.

    • ericl5112

      I think it’s user error. For example, my phone completely died on me. Can’t even get titanium backups off of it. Borrowing a Gnex, and I was able to log in perfectly about tenmminutes ago. If you already have a token, that should always work.

    • Simon Belmont

      That’s the main reason I use the official app too. The push notifications.

      I do wish that Twitter would lift this silly token limit though. My two cents.

  • http://www.dsaif.com/ Saif

    Twitter should provide promoted tweets & ads API so developers won’t have to deal with token limit. I wonder why there’s no lawsuit yet.

  • fartbubbler

    can’t understand why somebody would NOT use Falcon Pro…tis awesome.

    • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

      For me, auto generation of previously used hash tags and bitly integration are major missing features. Also, Plumes swiping through lists is a nice time saver.

  • http://twitter.com/BatsShadow Scott Webber

    For Twitter to be the product and service everyone wants, they should:

    1) Remove all ads and limitations on 3rd party clients
    2) Charge users $1 / year

    Twitter is becoming an ingrained part of society, but it won’t be for long if they continue to make it less useful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vanhouse David VanHouse

    Thanks for the heads up, I revoked my access since I only like using twitter widgets

  • http://twitter.com/arashmazinani Arash Mazinani

    This impacted me as I bought the app this morning and didn’t realise what all this token business meant before it was too late to get a refund. Sucks big time that it’s unusable. Does the token rule apply to the big guns like Hootsuite etc too?

    • http://nspeaks.com Navjot Singh

      Hootsuite is a Twitter certified partner and hence no limits for them.

      • http://twitter.com/Twitteninja Zargh

        No, Hootsuite is definitely 3rd party. The only difference is that older clients which already surpassed 100k at the time of the change were given 2x whatever their current user base was instead. So newer clients which came in after the change were hit hardest.

      • http://twitter.com/arashmazinani Arash Mazinani

        Ah right, I see, I kept trying and since all the attention Falcon has been getting I managed to gain access to it.

  • John Simonelli

    All hail Mother Twitter. This is almost as low as Verizon forbidding access to Google wallet while they tried making their own wallet app.

  • Brian Wolfman

    They should block the purchase of it in google play (but allow updates, is that possible?) and then release Falcon Pro redo or something which is the same app but “different” so there can be 100k more tokens…???

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Not sure if that’s possible. I know the dev is looking into everything he can.

    • mgamerz

      You would do an in-app purchase to unlock additional content, but check in on falcon pro servers to see if it can accept more users. You can’t hide a paid app and bring it back and not let people buy it.

  • jb

    Here’s a better solution… Stop using Twitter.

  • DonSerrot

    This is the second time now that a Twitter app I really like has hit that limit. I hope this ends better than it did for Tweet Lanes. I’m about to pitch a fit.

  • Rodeojones000

    Maybe a stupid question, but seeing as I’m an active Falcon Pro user, this won’t impact me flashing new ROMs in the future, right? I mean, if I go to a new ROM requiring data to be wiped, will I be able to re-download the app and sign in?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      nope….dont do it

      • Rodeojones000

        Don’t do what?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      I would think so, since the token is tied to your Twitter account, but some are reporting that after flashing a ROM, that they are no longer able to login to Falcon.

      • Rodeojones000

        That’s what I’m afraid of. For user apps like that I often use Titanium Backup, but every once in a while a 100% fresh install of everything is nice.

    • NorCalGuy

      Don’t know exactly when the limit was hit but I flashed with a full wipe yesterday around 5 pm California time and just relogged into falcon pro with no issues…but to be safe I would use titanium or carbon to do a backup of the app… If you use carbon you can backup your text messages too. Hope this helps

    • ericl5112

      You have a token, and should be fine. They just cannot make new tokens. I think some of the reports of breaking after flashing is user error.

    • moe6

      The token is tied to your twitter account and the app that asks for permission. You could uninstall, flash, wipe, switch phones etc and as long as you don’t go into Settings->Apps in Twitter.com and Revoke Access to Falcon Pro, you’ll be able to use Falcon Pro with that account.

  • possomcrast1

    Is it saved if you already added Falcon to your account…for example if you install a new rom and have to re-install Falcon (yeah I know you could just backup the app but I’m creating a hypothetical situation)? I’m pretty sure it is but I’m looking for clarification.

    • Rodeojones000

      I just asked this same question.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Some are saying that ROM flashing is part of the problem. Go to Twitter.com and Settings>Apps and make sure you aren’t taking up multiple tokens or something.

      • possomcrast1

        Nope I only have one. This makes me fairly sure that app backups aren’t the problem. Honestly I don’t understand how a third party app that literally just takes all of the data on twitter and organizes it in a different and better way is hurting twitter at all. For one they should make their own app not bad and we wouldn’t all be seeking other apps. I’m not going to use their app when I can use Falcon which is 10X better. I think Twitter’s restriction’s are also why we can’t see favorites of our tweets in third party apps.

        • Rodeojones000

          I just checked as well. One instance of Falcon Pro for me.

          On a related note, I sure am glad I finally decided to give this app a try. Just bought it 2 weeks ago and I absolutely love it

          • possomcrast1

            Same here though I bought it right after the Droid Life review was posted.

        • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

          Definitely be careful when flashing a ROM then. I think I saw a mention of Titanium Backups of the app restoring access though.

  • http://twitter.com/AMiller31 A.Miller

    Nothing against Falcon Pro or any other 3rd party app, but why all the hate for the official Twitter app? It serves me quite well.

    • LegalAmerican

      It’s ugly, boring, and not user friendly. The interface is terrible and far too basic.

    • Rodeojones000

      I used to think the same thing. I’d been using the official Twitter app since my OG Droid days. When Carbon was released a couple weeks ago it was the first time I tried a 3rd party Twitter app. It was decent. I liked some of the features it offered. In the DL review of that app there were many comments about it being nice, but still not as good as Falcon Pro. I decided to check it out. Figured 99¢ wasn’t a big deal and chances were that I’d know how I felt about it in less than 15 minutes, giving me the option of a refund. Within minutes of using it I figured out what all the hype was, and that it was deserved. I’m sorry you won’t be able to try this one out now that the token limit has been reached.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Really pissed me off last night…. Just flashed CM10 on my GS3 first app I try to load is Falcon and NOTHING!… Whatever

    • Eric

      If you got the error that Twitter can’t authenticate any more users for Falcon you’ll have to click “Sign In” in the upper right hand corner of that error screen. It’s insanely easy to overlook in our frustration upon seeing the error but if you already have a token you can still log in.

  • Sherman J. Buster

    I was wondering when Falcon Pro would hit the cap. I’m sad for all the people who haven’t tried it yet. Falcon Pro is by far the best Twitter app I have used. As far the piracy thing, it is $0.99, I am completely broke and I still found a way to pay for it.

    • Alex Farra

      Exactly. You kind find enough to pay for it if you just walk down the street.

  • Buckoman

    No, no. Just because it has 100,000 total, but 40,000 device installs doesn’t necessarily mean that 60,000 pirated it. Most of them probably bought it, logged in, and said “Eh, I don’t like it” and then returned it within 15 minutes.

    It happens all the time with my app.

    But yeah, people do pirate it. Just not as many as you might think.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Tried to clarify a bit, but yes, you are correct. Made it much more obvious what I was trying to say now. :)

      • Buckoman

        Glad I could help!

    • elemeno

      I thought the dev posted a free beta on XDA before he released the app on the Play Store. That probably accounts for some difference between 100k and 40k.

      • Charles Stidham

        The dev had stated on is Twitter that the beta was on a separate token limit. So that’s not it sadly.

    • http://flickr.com/mhdbadi Muhammad Badi

      Still, that doesn’t get the issue solved. The only way to release and free the used token when trying is to go to your twitter settings page and “revoke” Falcon Pro access. That’s the only way the token will be released and sent back to the pool.

      Sure not 60,000 are pirated copies but as an ex-Android user, I can say that the majority is pirated. Spotting an .APK, or possibly any .APK, isn’t hard. Google it.

  • TheWenger

    It’s quite sad really. Just a lame attempt by Twitter to force people to use their crappy app so they can eventually load it with ads, seeing as all other 3rd party apps will be useless.

  • 4n1m4L

    Weren’t apps supposed to be encryptable by now? Or does that not matter…

    • PhoenixPath

      That helps for apps that are only compatible with ICS/JB. If you are compatible with anything below that, it’s exceedingly simple for someone to post an apk gotten on a GB device.

      Once devs stop allowing compatibility with anything lower than ICS, this will solve some of the problems….but the folks who want it for free will almost always find a way to make it harder on everyone else.

      • ericl5112

        It’s not quite that black and white. It’s still incredibly easy to put anti-piracy code into a 2.3 app. A lot of people just don’t. I will never understand why not.