MetroTwit, which was one of the best Twitter clients available not only on Windows desktop, but also in the Modern UI, will no longer be available for download, as the developing team behind the project has decided to discontinue it completely.
In a statement posted on the official page of the application, David Golden, Winston Pang, Long Zheng, who are all developers of MetroTwit, confirmed that this unexpected retirement is caused by the access token limit imposed by Twitter a couple of years ago.
“Due to the ‘access token limit’ imposed by Twitter since August 2012, we are preemptively sunsetting MetroTwit due to technical limitations of Twitter’s API which may prevent existing users from accessing the app after the limit has been crossed,” the announcement writes.
The good news is that, if you’ve already purchased MetroTwit, you can continue using it because the application will still work flawlessly, but no other updates or improvements would be provided.
“If you’re a current MetroTwit user, we apologise for the inconvenience but don’t worry, the apps you love to use will continue to work. However, we will not be supporting the app or releasing any major new features and updates,” the developing team added.
As you can see, MetroTwit has become a victim of its own success, as the number of users grew up significantly in the last few years. On Windows 8 Metro, this was one of the most popular Twitter clients, especially thanks to its freeware license that allowed users to install it at absolutely no cost.
“None of us could have ever imagined what a humble Photoshop mockup would become as popular and acclaimed as MetroTwit. Not without its challenges and struggles, we’re proud to have worked on this app and its many updates,” the devs said.
MetroTwit is not the first application that goes dark due to Twitter’s access token limit. Back in 2012, Tweetro, which was a very popular Twitter client on Windows 8 that got to see daylight soon after the debut of the modern operating system, was removed from the store for the same reason.
At that time, Tweetro developers decided to relaunch the app with a paid license and thus make sure that the token limit cannot be reached again, which means that only a number of licenses can be delivered to users across the world.
Sadly, MetroTwit had the same fate, and as of today, you can no longer download and install the application on your computers.