Twitter Shuts Down Site Built by UTD’s MobileLab

Well that was quick…

Just yesterday I got wind of an interesting new Twitter app called Undetweetable. The application allowed you to put in a Twitter user’s screen name and it would then begin to track and display their deleted tweets.

The project “was the first in a series of projects from MobileLab that question and explore issues of identity, anonymity, data ownership, authorship, and privacy,” according to their about blurb.

Now, developer Bradley Griffith says Twitter has shut them down. In a post on his Google+ account Griffith says,

We just permanently stopped Undetweetable from gathering deleted tweets as per Twitter’s request. Our original intent was to spark a conversation about privacy and digital identity and, due to the overwhelming response, hope we have achieved that goal. Thanks for all your support.

I guess they got Twitter’s attention at least, as the company quickly sent a C&D after initially warning to the team that they were violating the Twitter API terms of service and could be subject to further action.

The application was a stark reminder that it is virtually impossible to truly delete something once it’s made its way into the vast network of the interwebs.

While the app is no longer collecting additional deleted tweets, you can still browse what they have on the site already… at least for the time being.

  • Bradley is the founder of LAUNCH DFW and an avid proponent/supporter of the DFW Startup Community. Bradley is also the founder of Skyrise, a community, communications and concierge platform for commercial office buildings.

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