Twitter blocked access to its services last week for UberTwitter and twidroyd following various policy infringements. In a highly unusual move, Twitter went so far as to publish a statement explaining why, and what measures were being taken to rectify the situation.
UberTwitter, an UberMedia property, is by far the most popular Twitter client available for the BlackBerry, and it seems that many BlackBerry users have embraced it a little too far.
Following the suspension, tech news sources such as TechCrunch were quick to report the issue and explain what steps were being taken by both parties.
I don’t think many UberTwitter users bothered to search for or read any of these releases. I don’t think they cared. It gave them another thing to congregate and whinge about.
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to state that many UberTwitter fans set about slicing their wrists on Twitter, such was the outpouring of grief.
Anyone would have thought that UberTwitter users had lost a family member. Indeed, I daresay they would have cared less if it had been a family member. Because UberTwitter is the one tool that allows them the uninhibited opportunity to be the narcissistic and socially inept basics that many of them really are.
When UberTwitter went down, twidroyd went down with it. Twidroyd is UberMedia’s Android application for Twitter. However, while my timeline was virtually hijacked by the infuriating and incessant retweets of BlackBerry users threatening to end their lives (Here, use this rope, please!) and moaning about the inferiority of Twitter for BlackBerry, I didn’t hear much more than a peep from cool, unflustered twidroyd users.
I did see one tweet, “Seems twidroyd banned. Oh well, can anyone suggest good alternative apps?”
They just got on with it. Honestly, the flack Twitter for BlackBerry took, just for existing, was as disgusting as the childish, irrational behaviour of the Justin Bieber fans who defaced Esperanza Spalding’s Wiki and continue to insult her to this day.
UberMedia CEO Bill Gross released a statement responding to Twitter’s charges and advised they were moving quickly to rename UberTwitter to UberSocial and address the other policy violations for which they had been accused. Once approved, they expected UberSocial to be available in the BlackBerry App World again where users could download it and carry on as before, presumably keeping all their settings.
So UberTwitter is coming back, as UberSocial. The clue is in the Twitter statement which said it had been “suspended” not permanently banned. Yet BlackBerry users all over my timeline were sobbing into sodden handkerchiefs about it being “gone forever”. Idiots.
Are BlackBerry users actually the dumbest smartphone users? Of course I don’t think all BlackBerry users are dumb – but I’d put my neck on the line and say BlackBerry have more stupid users than any other platform.
Because you’re dumb if your ship is going down and you decide to stay on it. Dumber if you decide to extend your ticket by way of renewing your contract.
And when you waste all your energy complaining about the aesthetics of the life jackets you’re thrown, well then you deserve everything you get.