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Alyssa Milano Has No Love For Tweetie 2

Celebs love Twitter. They can tweet from anywhere about anything. The portability aspect may be changing though as Alyssa Milano found out. The IPhone has developed a new app called Tweetie 2. The only issue, it’s no longer a free application. According to their website for a small fee of $2.99 you have the ability to:

  • Preview short URLs
  • Block/follow from multiple accounts
  • Receive device notifications from select users
  • Full landscape support (fully configurable)
  • Improved gesture support
  • Drafts management
  • A multiple attachment manager, hashtag picker and more
  • When you start the app you go right back to where you last were when you quit and caching makes it fast and easy to keep up with new and older tweets.

So what’s the issue? For some the 3 bucks is a huge dealbreaker. Alyssa Milano tweeted “boooooooo” which sparked more controversy.  IPhone developer Jeff LaMarche spoke out by saying 2 things, “If you don’t think it’s worth $3, don’t buy it.” and “Keep in mind we’re talking about $3 for an app that only runs on handheld devices that cost at least $200, most of which come with a $70/month service.” Game,  set, and match. It’s 3 bucks. That’s less than a tall mocha latte from Starbucks. Are there other free applications for the IPhone for twitter? Sure, but they probably don’t have all of the components of Tweetie 2. But don’t count Milano out just yet, she posted a series of tweets to defend herself.

“After booing tweetie upgrade price~ tweetie mob came after me & were so rude it turned me off to the app all together.” (sent from tweetie).

“Just downloaded tweetdeck iPhone app (free). Will test it out, if I don’t like it, I will pay 4 the tweetie upgrade.” (Sent from tweetdeck).

“Now on echofon (also free). This is the Twitter app tour 2009.”

I predict she probably will end up just buying tweetie 2 but it will take awhile since she spoke out that they were in essence ripping customers off. The IPhone has a million apps that are free, tweetie 2 just happens to not be one of them. It’s up to the developers to decide, and at the end of the day there are so many people speaking out saying that it IS worth the money, and that Milano is being cheap. I personally have a blackberry and don’t have half the free apps that IPhone users have, so I think they have no right to complain. Especially when people play the atomic fart or the million other free farting applications in random places. Better yet what about the annoy-a-teen application that plays a high pitch sound that apparently those over 25 cannot hear. My list can go on and on, but I think you get my point.