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Twitter restores access to Twidroyd and UberSocial apps

Move comes a day after Twitter suspended the mobile apps of rival UberMedia

February 22, 2011 03:28 PM ET

Computerworld - Just one day after Twitter suspended three major third-party mobile applications for allegedly violating its use policies, the social network reinstated them.

Twitter announced on Saturday that the three apps -- UberMedia's UberSocial, Twidroyd and UberCurrents -- once again had access to its site.

"Our initial review indicates that steps have been taken to remedy the violations for these applications," Twitter noted in a blog post on its Help Center page. "When the developer updates [the applications] you'll be able to download their updates to access tweets again on these applications."

Last Friday, Twitter announced that UberTwitter, which runs on the BlackBerry platform, Twidroyd, which is for Android devices, and UberCurrent, which is designed for Apple iPhones and iPads, no longer had access to its API.

To complicate matters, UberMedia has announced plans to acquire TweetDeck, which competes directly with Twitter's Web and mobile clients.

Twitter spokeswoman Carolyn Penner told Computerworld today that the violations included the use of private Direct Messages that are longer than 140 characters, trademark infringement, and changing of tweet content in order to make money.

In an e-mail to Computerworld, UberMedia CEO Bill Gross said the company had completed the changes that Twitter had asked for late last week.

Gross added that the company changed the name of UberTwitter to UberSocial at Twitter's request.

Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, and desktop and laptop chips for Computerworld. Follow Sharon on Twitter at Twitter@sgaudin, or subscribe to Sharon's RSS feed Gaudin RSS. Her e-mail address is sgaudin@computerworld.com.

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