After the closure of Hackulous, creators of popular app-pirating tweak Installous, there has been a sharp decline in terms of piracy on iOS, however there are still many ways to get pirated apps on iOS, and Tapbots chose to have a little fun with it. Creators of Tweetbot and Netbot, Tapbots, decided to rig pirated versions of their application, so that when a user would go to compose an update, it’d display a message with the following:
“I’ve been demoing a pirated copy of @tweetbot / @netbot and really like it so I’m going to buy a copy!”
And the best part of it? People actually are tweeting them out. Now sure people could be funny with it, and joke around but the latter is mainly actual pirates who probably misinterpret the status. Just a quick search on Twitter and you’ll see. Tapbots’ co-founder Paul Haddad also noted that, “we don’t force them to post it. We fill the Tweet sheet, its up to the user to post or cancel“, just for clarification sake.
Tapbots is actually doing this as an urge to free up tokens. If you didn’t already know, Twitter limited the amount of tokens, aka users, that can use a 3rd party application, meaning those who are using Tweetbot illegally, are taking up space that those who want to purchase a copy would need.
What are your thoughts on this? I think this is a brilliant concept that every developer should do, if they have some type of outlet where the public can laugh at others’ stupidity. (*BTW- the application shown in the photo is a legally downloaded copy of tweetbot. this twitter app is brilliant, and you can actually check it out here).
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