Blackberry Twitter Rage: Third-Party App Still Suffering From Attack

While much of the Twitterverse is happily back online after a denial of service attack crippled the social messaging site, Blackberry Tweeps are being left behind.

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Übertwitter, which according to Mashable is the most popular client for Blackberry handsets, is having fits, working intermittently, if at all. Ubertwitter's Web site acknowledges that problems persist, but claims that all third party clients -- those that access Twitter through external programs instead of a Web browser -- are suffering slowness and occasional timeouts.

"Until Twitter can resolve the issue you will continue to experience problems retrieving timelines and posting tweets using ÜberTwitter and any other clients," Ubertwitter's CodeWarden said today.

A story in TechCrunch, written very early this morning, says third-party clients in general were having problems all day yesterday. The last time third-party apps failed en masse was during the so-called "Twitpocalypse," during which the signed integer for the world's total number of Tweets exceeded what these programs could handle.

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Still, the problems today aren't as pronounced with other apps, such as Tweetdeck and Tweetie. Looking at popular topics on Twitter, I can see plenty of people using those programs. Meanwhile, Übertwitter is a trending topic on the site, with Blackberry users writing from the Web to gripe about the client.

"Largely irritated with Ubertwitter. #fail," writes one user. Another Tweets, "My UberTwitter & Twitterberry won't let me post. Anyone else having trouble w/ their Twitter mobile applications?"

What's interesting is that Blackberry users are still crawling onto the Web to use Twitter, despite the relatively inhospitable user interface. Behold, the power of Twitter.

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