If you’re a Windows user and have searched for third party Twitter clients, chances are that you might have come across MetroTwit in some list. Initially launched back in 2012, MetroTwit quickly became one of the most popular Twitter clients for Windows, later on the team also released a Modern UI version for Windows 8. Unfortunately, it has reached the end of the road. The team has announced today that MetroTwit has reached its end-of-life effective immediately.
The reason why they’re shutting down with MetroTwit is a major change that Twitter made to its developer APIs back in 2012. It effectively placed a limit on the number of users a third party app could have, this “access token limit” is what’s behind the sunsetting of MetroTwit. Therefore both apps, MetroTwit for Desktop and MetroTwit for Windows 8, have to go. While the actually haven’t crossed the limit as yet, the team is preemptively sunsetting the client due to the APIs technical limitations which could prevent existing users from accessing the app once it crosses the limit.
The installer and the app on Windows 8 Store has been removed effective immediately. Existing users will be able to use the client indefinitely, though there won’t be any future updates or security fixes. It is reported that MetroTwit team did appeal to Twitter to have its access token limit increased, but apparently the microblogging service didn’t play ball.