iTwitter appears out of nowhere and upends the iPhone Twitter community by becoming the first Twitter client offering Push Notifications for tweets – for free. Unfortunately, the developer, based in China, is barred from using Twitter because the Chinese government has it blocked.
From PC World:
China appeared to block Twitter across the country and Internet access in a western province on Monday, after ethnic riots killed at least 140 people in the remote region.
The moves were an apparent bid to stanch the flow of information out of Xinjiang province and to prevent further rioting there.
We actually don’t know the name of the developer of iTwitter at the moment. Xiangji Yang is listed as the seller of iTwitter in iTunes but we don’t know if that’s the developer. NibiruTech, the company listed as selling the app, only has a single Web page - a page which looks to be created with iWeb for a different app.
Despite the apparent sketchiness of an app coming from China with a Web site that doesn’t say anything at all, iTwitter is still a solid Twitter client with a lot of features to complement the Push Notifications. And, if you can believe the @iconnectapp Twitter account (supposedly NibiruTech’s official Twitter account), the app has been adding users at an incredible rate – one new user every 2.7 seconds. If that’s an accurate or sustainable figure they’re looking at 32,000 iTwitter users in one day. Not to mention that iTwitter is in the trending topics right now, which may accelerate the adoption rate.
I like iTwitter quite a lot and I hope they’re able to handle an incredible number of users and still push tweets as instantly as my first tweets I tested using it about 12 hours ago. The app is not without its problems though and they’ve already said bug fixes are in the works.
“There is a small chance 5% that push will fail to send, will fix it on server tomorow. Sorry for this issue,” according to their Twitter account.