Twitter buys Tweetie developers

Tweetie is acquired by TwitterThe (very) successful Twitter application, Tweetie (+ Tweetie 2) for the iPhone and iPod touch has been purchased by Twitter.

Tweetie was developed originally by a single man developer (Atebits), which will now be working for Twitter to provide updates in the future.

Mobile Entertainment states that Tweetie will be renamed to “Twitter for iPhone” and will become a free download in the APple App Store (a big drop from it’s original price of $2.99).

However, it is said that the deal is highly controversial, since there are many other Twitter apps available (Tweetdeck, Echofon, etc) who may frown upon the competition from Twitter, especially if Tweetie can somehow get additional data (and an unlimited rate limit) from Twitter via a “closed” API.

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