Tweetie to be Official Twitter iPhone, iPad, iPod App
Twitter has a strong track record of making every effort to drive people to primary site on the web (Twitter.com).
However, Twitter is a very fluid application especially with the open access to the Twitter API for developers and programmers.
So as a result of this “open access” to the Twitter API, people would build applications that would allow you to access your Twitter profile and send out Tweets without having to visit the primary Twitter site (Twitter.com).
Twitter never really joined in on this “Twitter application” frenzy.
And the reason was because people believed Twitter was going to be running ads on their site, so they would want to drive more traffic to their primary site.
Twitter acquires Tweetie for official app
This theory can now be thrown right out the window.
On Friday, Twitter announced they would be acquiring acquiring a company that brings its messaging service to the Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod.
Here’s the official word from Twitter (read full Twitter news release):
“People are looking for an app from Twitter, and they’re not finding one,” Twitter explained in a blog post. “So, they get confused and give up. It’s important that we optimize for user benefit and create an awesome experience.”
“We’ve entered into an agreement with Atebits (aka Loren Brichter) to acquire Tweetie, a leading iPhone Twitter client. Tweetie will be renamed Twitter for iPhone and made free (currently $2.99) in the iTunes AppStore in the coming weeks,” Twitter added.