Twitter announced this afternoon that it has reinstated API access for the developers of Twidroyd and UberSocial for Blackberry (formerly UberTwitter). The news follows Friday’s decision by Twitter to suspend the apps due to privacy and trademark violations.
Twitter updated its blog post from Friday that announced the suspensions, saying that “Our initial review indicates that steps have been taken to remedy the violations for these applications.” Once the apps are updated, says Twitter, “you’ll be able to download their updates to access Tweets again on these applications.”
That’s good news for users of these apps, many of whom have been frustrated (if not angered) with what seemed to them as a sudden decision to suspend their preferred Twitter applications. For its part, Twitter insists that the discussions with Ubermedia about these violations have been ongoing and that Friday’s decision was a long time coming.
But as GigaOm’s Mathew Ingram noted, Twitter’s suspension of Ubermedia’s apps was a shot “across the bow of every third-party developer whose app competes in some way with the micro-blogging service.” And even if Twitter and Ubermedia have declared a ceasefire, the conflict may leave a lasting impact on the developer community.