Twitter Restores Banned Ubermedia Applications

Twitter has a lot of problems with third party apps using the name Twitterin their app name. That or UberMedia fought a long and hard battle over the weekend to resolve the banning issue with the micro blogging giant.


On the 18th of this month, Twitter announced that the then Ubertwitter and Twidroyd had been suspended for violatingTwitter’s policies. The announcement also had a plug for Twitter’s own applications on the Blackberry and Android systems. Their reasons for suspension were shortly made known to the public:-

“Today we suspended several applications, including UberTwitter, twidroyd and UberCurrent, which have violated Twitter policies and trademarks in a variety of ways. These violations include, but aren’t limited to, a privacy issue with private Direct Messages longer than 140 characters, trademark infringement, and changing the content of users’ Tweets in order to make money.”

Today, Twitter updated their original post. They lifted the ban on the two applications, stating that the applications had started taking steps to remedy the policy violations. A new update for both the applications is available on the respective markets and only a re-sign in is needed for the apps to start working as they used to.

However, amidst this chaotic weekend, the truereason as to why Twitter suspended the apps without any prior warning crept up to the surface. Bill Gross, CEO of UberMedia, the creator of UberTwitter UberSocial responded on Quora as to why the apps had been suspended. However, the best comment on the entire issue came from a user who asked the vital question without making it seem like a question:-

Yes, and it’s total coincidence that on the day they were suspended Twitter ran the promoted Tweet #TwitterMobile and that UberTwitter was never suspended before being bought by Bill Gross & raising $17.5m.

This sort of shoddy and offensive behavior on Twitter Inc.’s part is not going to win it any brownie points later. However, being confined to its bounds (being the largest microblogging platform) we see monopoly mechanics emerging from its depths, although the entire affair has dulled our opinion of Twitter as a whole.

Is UberSocial The New UberTwitter?

Update: Probably Yes. See updates below.

If you have been seeing tweets on saying that UberSocial is the new UberTwitter, you are probably falling into a pit. First off, UberTwitter was banned earlier today by Twitter and they would not risk coming out with a new name because of what they have at stake.

The owner of UberTwitter; UberMedia, own a large number of Twitter clients including the recently acquired . Performing such a circumnavigation on the ban Twitter put in place would ensure that the new client got blocked along with all other UberMedia properties.

Also the site UberSocial is hardly functional. The downloads don’t work and the website is just not owned by the owners of UberTwitter. I might be wrong but you can check the Who Is information and I doubt it is owned by UberMedia.

Rest aside, stay away from UberSocial and if you are in so much of a desperate need, check out the UberTwitter alternatives for Blackberry.

Updates Below

The UberSocial site is owned by UberMedia. I have been able to confirm it through Who IS information which match those from UberSocial and UberMedia. They are both hosted on the same name servers:

However, UberSocial has not yet been submitted to the World and neither is the site functional. Whether renaming a client to another name would give it another chance on Twitter is yet to be seen.

Nevertheless, this has been an endless fiasco of a client being banned and it coming into the system by changing it’s name to another brand altogether when it was already one of the most popular brands on a device.

Sorry for jumping the gun on this, but sometimes you miss out on researching things fully and then come across updates which require you to re-justify what you wrote. I will try and ensure that this does not happen in the future.

UberTwitter Alternatives for Blackberry and iPhone

Earlier today, Twitter blocked the popular Blackberry client for ; UberTwitter. This must have come as a huge blow for users who relied on the software for checking on their tweets, replies, messages and updating their status.

Twitter Bird

If you are a or users and can’t access Twitter because you used those clients, here are some alternatives for you which are pretty good.

users can try out Echofon for Twitter (free) or TweetDeck for iPhone (free too) or the Official Twitter client for iPhone (free). If you are a Blackberry user, you can use the official Twitter client (free) or   Seesmic for Twitter (free) or Tweet Genius (free).

Android users can search the market place for the official Twitter client or also use for Android which is available in the marketplace.

UberTwitter and twidroyd Not Working? Twitter Suspended Them

Update: Added comment from Twitter below.

If you are user of the popular clients for , or ; UberTwitter or twidroyd for Twitter, you might not be able to use those applications for some time now.

We have suspended UberTwitter and twidroyd for violating our policies.

Every day, we suspend hundreds of applications that are in violation of our policies. Generally, these apps are used by a small number of users. We are taking the unusual step of sharing this with you because today’s suspension may affect a larger number of users.

has officially suspended the two clients for violating of policies. So UberTwitter and twidroyd users will no longer be able to access their tweets, replies or messages and update their statuses.

We are committed to helping you continue to use Twitter during the disruption of these applications. You can download Twitter for Blackberry, Twitter for Android and other official Twitter apps here. You can also try our mobile web site or apps from other third-party developers.

The Next Web found the note which was posted on the Twitter support blog, where Twitter suggested that users of these clients use another app for their Twitter needs. Though the note mentioned that these clients were blocked for policy violations, there was no updates on what policies they had violated.

Nevertheless, lot of Blackberry users will be left out in the cold because UberTwitter is one of the most popular clients. You could switch to the official Twitter client for Blackberry for now till this issue is resolved.

We have emailed Twitter for more information and will update this post as soon as we get any updates from them.

Update: Twitter spokesperson Carolyn Penner responded back with a comment

We ask all developers in the Twitter ecosystem to abide by a simple set of rules that are in the interests of our users, as well as the health and vitality of the platform as a whole.

We often take actions to enforce these rules; in fact, on an average day we turn off more than one hundred services that violate our API rules of the road. This keeps the ecosystem fair for everyone.

Today we suspended several applications, including UberTwitter, twidroyd and UberCurrent, which have violated Twitter policies and trademarks in a variety of ways. These violations include, but aren’t limited to, a privacy issue with private Direct Messages longer than 140 characters, trademark infringement, and changing the content of users’ Tweets in order to make money.

We’ve had conversations with UberMedia, the developer of these applications, about policy violations since April 2010, when they first launched under the name TweetUp a term commonly used by Twitter users and a trademark violation. We continue to be in contact with UberMedia and hope that they will bring the suspended applications into compliance with our policies soon.

So it looks like UberTwitter violated several rules including trademark, character limits and making money by editing tweets.

Update 2: Left out in the cold, check out some UberTwitter alternatives for Blackberry and Android.