Tweetbot Shows You How to Shame Bottom-Feeding Pirates (Updated)

By Sam Gibbs on at

You're a developer. You work your arse off to make a rock-solid product and charge a modest fee for people to use it, like the awesome Tweetbot for instance. So you're annoyed when people pirate the hell out of it. So, what do you do? Hilarious, forced, self public naming and shaming, of course.

Tweetbot is probably the best Twitter client out there, and it's available for the iPhone, iPad and Mac. But it's quite pricey, mainly because of Twitter's cap on the number of users a third-party Twitter client can have now. So, people are apparently pirating it, and at the same time, using up tokens bringing Tapbots closer to the Twitter cut-off threshold.

So, what did Tapbots decide to do? Force Suggest pirating users to post this little snippet to their Twitter streams:

"I've been demoing a pirated copy of @tweetbot and really like it so I'm going to buy a copy!"

In fact, a quick search on Twitter shows an absolute butt-load of people unintentionally spamming twitter with their confessions of piracy. Yeah, you can moan about piracy as a developer, and you probably can't really do anything about it in the long run, but humorously naming and shaming is simply brilliant. Hats off Tapbots. If I wasn't already a Tweetbot user, I'd probably buy it, just for that.

Hat tip to Charles Arthur

Update: Tapbots got in touch to say that it doesn't actually force users to post the piracy confession, it just autofills the tweet box for people to hit the post button themselves. Why would anyone do that? Stupidity according to Tapbots' Paul Haddad, and I'm inclined to agree. Bizarre.