Twitter to buy Tweetie – makes it free

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Twitter has made its first steps in getting an official application on the iPhone by acquiring Tweetie from Atebits, one of the popular Twitter applications for the iPhone, and will be renaming it “Twitter for the iPhone”. However, what’s even better news is that it will ditch the price of US$2.99 and make it free.

With the news the beta version of the Blackberry application up in the AppWorld marketplace, it represents Twitter’s expansion into applications, joining the list of ways in posting to Twitter (like SMS, web, mobile web, desktop apps, etc) – meaning that you should see an official version soon for Android and webOS. But why the move?

“Careful analysis of the Twitter user experience in the iTunes AppStore revealed massive room for improvement. People are looking for an app from Twitter, and they’re not finding one. So, they get confused and give up. It’s important that we optimize for user benefit and create an awesome experience,” Evan Williams wrote on the Twitter blog.

Loren Brichter, the person who created Tweetie, will join the Twitter team and will be helping them provide an iPad version of the application, but no word on the date.