Falcon Pro creator, Joaquim Vergès, has a problem. His popular Android-based Twitter app has hit the token limit, a seemingly-arbitrary number of account logins set by Twitter during its recent crackdown, for the third time in as many months.
The self-proclaimed “Android fanatic” recently updated his app to version 2.0, bringing multiple accounts along with a vastly improved interface and much-needed performance tweaks. That he added multiple accounts, one of the most requested features from the app, was bittersweet, and likely his death knell: thousands of users raced to add their accounts, knowing that each one would account for a dwindling number of user tokens.
As of now, Falcon Pro has been removed from Google Play; there is just no way for Vergès to continue resetting his token allocation, forcing everyone to log in again and again. On Twitter, he claimed to be depressed, saying, “Every ‘legit’ solution I can come up with means bad things for existing users… Is it time to stop the project already … ?”
Twitter has recently updated its iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10 apps to be more feature-filled and user-friendly, but there is still a huge chasm between what power users want — those who use Tweetbot, Falcon Pro and Blaq, for example — and regular Twitter users who likely haven’t heard of anything but the official choice.
There doesn’t seem to be a viable solution in the short-term. Twitter won’t extend the token limit, and Vergès says any way around it would be a contravention of the developer terms of service and would likely get him banned from the API altogether. Previously, Chris Lacy, another “superstar” Android developer, stepped away from his popular Tweet Lanes app for the same reasons and moved into another area — launchers — with Action Launcher Pro.
If you’ve previously purchased Falcon Pro, it appears you can still download it, but there is no way for new users to pay for and install it, at least for now.