Tweetbot Is Naming And Shaming Pirates On Twitter


Too cheap to actually buy Tweetbot, Tapbot’s awesome Twitter app for iPhone, iPad and Mac? Are you pirating it despite the fact that it only costs a couple bucks, and Tweetbot has a limited number of tokens that it can distribute before Twitter says they can’t sell their client anymore?

Well, Tweetbot’s not going to force you to do anything, but they have started autofilling the Tweet box in its iOS app to publically broadcast that they are no-good, dirty pirates.

I’ve been demoing a pirated copy of @tweetbot and really like it so I’m going to buy a copy!

It’s up to the pirate whether or not he clicks “Post” of course, but if you check Twitter, you’ll see an awful lot of piracy admission going on.

There’s nothing Tapbot can do about piracy, of course, but I’m glad to see them at least try taking the tack of a good ol’ public shaming. Recently, the maker of a Twitter client for Android found his app pirated so many times he had no choice but to raise the price of his app into the stratosphere because he exhausted all of his Twitter tokens.

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