The drama between UberMedia and Twitter is coming to an end, as the former has agreed to follow Twitter’s TOS, but also change the name of a prominent app upon Blackberry in order to avoid violating Twitter’s trademark.
We were immediately in touch with Twitter, and the changes they asked us to make were very small. As a result, we have completed the changes, and new apps are currently being posted to their respective stores. Twitter has assured us that as soon as those changes were complete, they would reactivate our applications.
Twitter also asked us to modify the name of UberTwitter. We began a process of changing the name three weeks ago by polling our users, and we’ve decided based on their input to change the product name to UberSocial, which we completed today. (Official UberMedia News)
In true tweet fashion, @Twidroyd has already alerted fans that they will soon be live again for Android users while @UberSoc (the official tweet account) has just tweeted about the upcoming changes the app formally known as UberTwitter had to make to appease Twitter HQ.
To comply with Twitter TOS, in the new version you won’t be able to tweet more then 140 characters from a protected account, or in a DM (via @UberSoc)
While Twitter’s actions of suspending two prominent apps might come across to some as drastic, according to Flur (a knowledgeable commentor upon Android Central) Twitter has been trying to contact UberMedia about these violations since April of 2010.
Suspending these apps was apparently Twitter’s way of getting UberMedia’s attention to in order to resolve the specific issues Twitter had with the apps.
Surprisingly the official UberTwitter iOS app has also disappeared from Apple’s app store, although it’s unclear whether that is a result of this fiasco or if UberMedia pulled it due to the fact that they already own two popular iOS apps (Echofon and TweetDeck).
Author: Darnell Clayton
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