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Falcon Pro Update Resets Twitter ID Tokens, Hopes to Free Up A Few More Spots

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One of the best and most loved Twitter applications, Falcon Pro, has recently hit the 100,000 user mark that Twitter is enforcing on third-party applications. The developer has pleaded with Twitter to lift the limit and got a  response of “no.” He has been trying to work around the problem within the past week. With the update rolling out today, a band-aid has been applied to the problem, but not a fix. 

Taking to his Google+ page, Falcon Pro’s developer, Joaquim Verges explained how the update will work for everyone. For users who purchased the app already the process is easy:

After updating, you will be prompted to re-login. This process is quick and should only take you a minute. All your settings, mutes, starred users, etc. will be saved. During the login, the app will check for your Google Play licence.

This also will help solve the problem that Falcon has run into with people pirating the app. Users who sideloaded the app should see their feed stop working within the next 24-48 hours. People who haven’t gotten in on this great Twitter app yet will have to shell out a bit more, the price has been raised to $1.95. This is to try and keep new numbers down so that the 100,000 limit isn’t reached as quickly again.

You may want to hurry and refresh your token as soon as the update is live with Twitter’s limit looming. We’ll try to update this post as soon as that happens.

Update:  The update is live. Go get it and re-login!

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Via: +Joaquim Verges

  • http://www.facebook.com/shambaugh42 Susan Shambaugh

    I bought the app legit from the Play Store back in Dec, but now upon opening the app after the update it immediately starts checking for a license and although I can see the “log into Twitter” screen button, I cannot press it.
    The license check fails and gives me the option to retry or cancel.
    Retry will give the same failed license check over and over – cancel will just
    exit the app. Even clearing cache and data for the app won’t help.

    This is certainly not a quick “re-login” for me. :(

  • Austin00

    I bought it because I felt bad about what happened, used if for five minutes and now its the only twitter client on my phone.

  • ElixirBlack

    What happens if you don’t upgrade? Will your token eventually be lost?

  • CyHawk60

    I just bought it. So far, I like it. Price doubled though. :(

  • http://twitter.com/lolititwistter M C

    Why not just “version” or “multi dev user login” off your app or something. If 1 person / dev gets 100k licenses, create multiple users / devs, and tie users of your app to one of your dev user accounts through some logic so the app knows which dev account to use there by increasing the number of people who can use your app. Its kind of a dirty hack, but still acceptable in my opinion. its no different than what people do every day by registering multiple emails into contests so they get multiple entries when you can only enter an email once.

  • Rich

    Thanks for this, managed to get one of the tokens, So far app is fantastic!

  • wtsamatta

    soon we’ll see twitter tokens for sale on ebay

  • Guest

    So are all the tokens taken? I’ve been using falcon since this site’s first post about it, and I keep trying to sign back in but it won’t let me. Here I am thinking I’m supporting a great app and they pull the rug out from under me. Thanks for taking my money and not notifying me before it happens Falcon.

  • Finire

    This is listed at 10,000-50,000 installs on the Play market… Which would put the 100k limit that has been reached at over 50% pirating.

    • macewank

      not really that simple. i’m sure it’s wildly pirated, but it’s not really 1 for 1.

    • http://twitter.com/TwinShadow_SH Ryan

      Hardly true. Don’t forget the return policy. Within 15 minutes, one can refund the purchase and the token would have been taken. People don’t revoke the token on their twitter account, and that’s how it kept building up over time. Yes, pirating did add to it, but this refund thing also can hike up token usage.

      I hate how people automatically blame pirates (not that I have, I bought the app back when it was $1.01) just because of a token limit, when people could simply just return the app within 15 minutes.

  • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

    Everyone talking about pirates going after this app….No one with the means (money) to buy the app is going to pirate it! Plus I just did a quick search using the pirate bay and the only version they have was posted almost two weeks ago so there is really no way for mainstream pirates to gain access unless they have a friend who paid for it and sent them a copy of the apk!

    • JetBlue

      There’s way more websites than the Pirate Bay to find apps I’ve seen websites dedicated to pirated apps.

      • DanSan

        one of these websites actually had the 1.6.7 version up last night.

        btw, the big problem with the pirated ones, the other versions arent clearing the token and asking people to log back in. so all those people using older versions are still counting against it.

  • Kelly Hauenstein

    I actually uninstalled Falcon Pro. I don’t use it enough to justify stopping someone else from using it. Yea I paid for it but it’s not like it’s a huge amount of money. Thinking about writing to twitter for a refund because of their stupid policy.

  • viewthis66

    i still use tweetdeck (the dark version)… but i really like this app… does it have the ability to access lists like tweetdeck? where you just slide to the left form the main feed to see your lists? i love that about tweetdeck i just don’t like their UI. Falcon and Carbon are much more polished.

    • Randy Voss

      Yep, you can get to your lists…just slide from right to left and you see lists, starred users, searches and world trends

  • http://twitter.com/ianflo Original Eva

    Update is live for me in the play store. Token restored.. i Believe

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    this really sucks on twitter’s end. this is a good reason not to use twitter at all (i don’t for anything important), but i feel for everyone who bought/uses the app, and especially the developer

  • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83

    is there anything stopping him from making multiple version of the same app to get past the limitations? falcon PRO, Falcon PRO 2… when original app reaches limitation, raise price and direct people to Falcon PRO 2…? no idea how this stuff works… just an idea…

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      from what i understand, that violates the twitter TOS and could get him banned

      • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83

        OK so what if he made one that was a dark theme. one that was a white theme… make it have minor differences to separate them out?

        • http://twitter.com/TwinShadow_SH Ryan

          That probably wouldn’t work. If Twitter denied the developer for an increase in token limit because ‘it was too similar to the (I lol so hard) official app’, this wouldn’t fly with Twitter either.

    • http://twitter.com/duface2 Nate Bousfield

      That’s what I thought, but in sure there’s a limitation because it’s not ashtray happening. Maybe the rules say you can’t do that?

    • Respen

      That’s against the Twitter TOS and would likely get all of his apps banned, giving everybody that supported him a broken app.

    • BubbleSort

      It’s against the Twitter TOS. He’d have to make them different enough not to anger them. (EX: Falcon Pro and the Falcon Widget)

      • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83

        OK so what if he made one that was a dark theme. one that was a white
        theme… make it have minor differences to separate them out?

  • http://twitter.com/gakirby Greg Kirby

    his twitter says it’s live but my play store is still showing the old (expensive) version…

    • trd105

      I rebooted my phone and the update was there

  • http://twitter.com/fr8cture Eric

    It is really wrong for the developer to do this. I bet he will get alot of complains for refunds. Either way its ultimately twitters fault.

    • Nathan Buth

      He does not have much of a choice. It is either do this or watch his work get a c&d order from Twitter… If they did not want people making apps that get higher traffic than their own app they should have just made the API work similarly to how Google+’s is. It allows you to integrate Google+ features but not make an entirely independent Google+ app.

    • C-Law

      I don’t see at all how it’s wrong. I think it’s smart to free up pirated tokens

      • Big_EZ

        I kinda agree, but some people who paid may lose their token and not get it back. The pirates can just pirate the new version of the app.

        • http://twitter.com/fr8cture Eric

          This is exactly what I was talking about. If he doesn’t want pirates put in some security feature.

          • burntcookie90

            He did, it checks for the play license.

          • http://twitter.com/fr8cture Eric

            Should have been like that in the first place.

        • PhoenixPath

          only 40k used tokens, leaving 60k…

          If a user with a token doesn’t log in in the next few weeks to pick up their new token, they really aren’t using the app, are they?

          Sorry, but no. Legitimate *users* will be able to get a new token.

  • Charles Clout

    Just bought it for £1.29, logged in fine.

    Glad to support the devs. Seems like a great app so far. Hope this revocation screws over the pirates.

    • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson

      I bought it…but yet I have sworn to never use twitter. Just like supporting devs.

      • http://twitter.com/duface2 Nate Bousfield

        Just make sure to not log in then.

        • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson

          Not a problem…dont even have an account :)

    • Big_EZ

      It could possibly screw over some paid users as well, pirates can just pirate the new version of the app.

  • AMPthe13th

    It’s really a shame that a developer has to ask people to stop buying his app because of a superficial limit imposed by Twitter.

    • http://twitter.com/jeffaandrews Jeff Andrews

      But the way he’s fixing it is genious.

      • mx

        Really? Inconveniencing your paying users does not qualify as genious in my book. Maybe I just have higher standards.

        • hawkinbj

          LOL. Typical ignorant user. Your probably one of the people blaming the dev and leaving negative comments on the app in the Play Store aren’t you? There’s nothing the dev can do about this – it’s imposed by Twitter.

          • Big_EZ

            This move could leave some paid users that currently have a token without one.

          • Justin Winker

            Not likely – with only just above 40,000 app downloads, there will be plenty available still. This is more to prevent any additional pirated downloads and to reset the token limit.

          • Big_EZ

            This new version can be pirated as well

          • gabbymunchausen

            @AMPthe13th:disqus my best friend’s step-mother makes $78 every hour on the computer. She
            has been unemployed for seven months but last month her check was $17345
            just working on the computer for a few hours. Here’s the site to read
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        • Tcally

          You sound like a jewbag… Lol… I’d say it’s twitter inconveniencing us.. Not the developer of a great app…

        • http://twitter.com/tanujrocks Tanuj Chokshi

          he’s not the one who’s inconveniencing you, twitter is

        • Justin Winker

          Glad a re-log is so inconvenient. The only person who would really see this as inconvenient is one who didn’t pay for the app.

          • Big_EZ

            And any paid users that had a token but don’t re-login before pirates re-pirate the app

          • michael arazan

            Guess twitter is pissed that Devs basically make a skinned app of twitter and get paid for it while twitter maintains their site for free basically. I bet if Devs paid a “tribute” to twitter, like a licensing fee, are small partner fee, they would probably free up more tokens to allow more users for Devs that pay a Kick back to them. Just my two cents.

          • Geoff Johnson

            Why should Twitter care? They want people to use the service, I don’t see how they make money by people using their official app

      • Big_EZ

        Some people who paid for it but may not access it into the next couple of days may be left without a token. There’s not really a good way to do it other than remove the limit. This may convert some pirates, but most can just pirate the new version before some of the paid subscribers can get their token.

        • Justin Winker

          This likely won’t be easy though – they’ll have to bypass the Play license check the app now does.

    • trumpet444

      Twitter wouldn’t have to box out 3rd party apps if their app didn’t suck

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jordan-Montgomery/100000118020598 Jordan Montgomery

    When I go to try and buy it, it reads $132.13

    • socarwolverine

      Just wait, the old app reads that price to dicourage new downloads.

      • Jwhap

        Well, no wonder people pirated the app……

        • http://twitter.com/TwinShadow_SH Ryan

          The $132.13 price tag was WITH the initial cap. Now that he has reset the tokens, I got mine back easily without issue, it is now 1.49EUR. People will find a way to pirate the app, that is a shame because this app is pretty good.

          • Jwhap

            I was just being funny….., guess it did not translate! :-)

          • http://twitter.com/TwinShadow_SH Ryan

            No, jokes don’t translate well on the internet. =P

    • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

      Same here

  • http://twitter.com/jnewman1991 James Newman

    It’s a shame he has to do this. Such an amazing twitter client.

  • http://twitter.com/_GotHeeem Eric Witts

    Far and above the best twitter client out there.