Ending Support for Tweed, our Twitter client for HP webOS

May 17, 2011 Davis W. Frank

Over the past two years we’ve worked on Tweed, our webOS Twitter client, we’ve learned a lot about mobile development, JavaScript techniques and of course the Twitter client space. But the landscape has changed a lot recently so we’ve been thinking a lot about Tweed.

We’ve realized that it takes a lot of resources to maintain a Twitter client to the level of features and quality that Twitter users demand. The Twitter API changes frequently and new Twitter-related services appear all the time.

HP is shipping new webOS devices and has a new framework to go with them so we would need to reinvest a lot of time in order to keep up with the platform.

Add in that Twitter recently changed their policy regarding 3rd party client applications and the justification of continued effort is questionable.

After careful consideration we decided that the correct course of action is to formally end development and support for Tweed.

What does this mean for me?

If you have Tweed on your phone currently, it will continue to work.

However, Tweed will (shortly) no longer be available in the App Catalog. This means you will no longer be able to purchase, re-download, or restore Tweed to another webOS device.

There are several ways to use Twitter on your webOS device, including Twitter’s excellent mobile web interface. But the application that has the richest, most-comparable-to-Tweed feature set is Carbon by dots & lines.

We’ve let dots & lines know about our plans and they’ve graciously offered to lower their price to $1.99 for a couple of weeks to help current Tweed users who want to migrate to an actively-maintained Twitter client. The price change should go live shortly.

Thanks to all of you who have bought Tweed, helped us find and fix bugs, and supported each other in the Twitterverse.

UPDATE Price drop for Carbon is live and dots and lines has some nice things to say on their blog

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