Seesmic dropping Twitter client support for BlackBerry

Seesmic dropping Twitter client support for BlackBerry

Summary: Research in Motion is taking a lot of hits lately, and here's another little jab: Seesmic, which is best known for its third-party Twitter desktop and mobile clients.

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Research in Motion is taking a lot of hits lately, and here's another little jab: Seesmic, which is best known for its third-party Twitter desktop and mobile clients.

Here's the official statement direct from Seesmic's blog:

Effective June 30th, Seesmic will discontinue support for Blackberry in order to focus development efforts on our most popular mobile platforms: Android, iOS and Windows Phone 7.

We encourage those effected by this change to try out Seesmic for Android, iOS and Windows Phone 7, as well as Seesmic Desktop and Web.

Wow, talk about a burn to RIM and its BlackBerry. It would have been more clever if they could have narrowed that down to 140 characters, but it's to the point nonetheless. Obviously, Seesmic doesn't see the Blackberry platform as a "popular" mobile OS anymore, and let's be honest, not many other companies do either these days.

Besides lower-than-expected earnings revealed during its quarterly conference call last week, RIM has already announced that it will be conducting layoffs soon. Additionally, the mobile device maker lost another top marketing executive, which led in part to a drop off in shares by seven percent on Monday.

It's already gotten to the point where RIM is reportedly bullying carriers to pick up its upcoming line of BlackBerry smartphones, headlined by the Bold 9900, despite a number of bugs that are supposedly plaguing the devices. If that is true, then RIM must be more desperate than we thought.

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Topics: BlackBerry, Hardware, Mobile OS, Mobility

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  • Now THIS is FUD...

    So, some 3rd party knockoff is discontinuing their app because all of the Blackberry users would rather use a Twitter app made by, oh say, RIM? In fact, I think RIM's Twitter app comes pre-installed, along with Facebook, MySpace (lol), and others....<br><br>Similarly, if a no-name software writer quits writing software for an app that Windows comes with natively... does that mean the desktop is dead? and Win 7 along with it?
    SonofaSailor
  • RE: Seesmic dropping Twitter client support for BlackBerry

    This is like the old: If a tree falls in the woods with no one around does it make a noise?

    A low level twitter developer leaves due to the majority of Blackberry users use either the native RIM Twitter app or SocialTwitter. Sounds like they wanted some free marketing to kick RIM while their down.

    I'd hardly call Windows Phone 7 with what 2 million users greener pastures then Blackberry with 60 million. Make better apps next time.
    MobileAdmin
  • RE: Seesmic dropping Twitter client support for BlackBerry

    "We encourage those *effected* by this change"

    How about "affected".

    Pet peeve. Sorry. :)
    MikeR666
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