On the 10th of April, the day after Twitter acquired the Tweetie client, developer Andrew Weekes decided to put his own client, Tweetarena, up for sale on ebay.
Although not the most popular client, it has around 50,000 users, and a new iPad version released on the same day as the Apple tablet has already been bought 1,500 times.
The auction was for the brand and source code for iPhone, Android, iPad and other additions, including the unreleased next version of the Tweetarena iPhone/iPod touch app, making a total of seven application binaries.
But when the auction ended on April 17th, only one bid had been placed at the opening price of $15,000, and no further bids had been entered, meaning the auction had failed to meet the reserve, and Tweetarena has remained unsold.
It seems like only Twitter is interested in clients these days – and for context, back in 2008 you could raise over $1000 for charity by offering up your account. Now it seems almost 50,000 users weren’t worth more than $3.33 each, even with the chance to make extra money from Promoted Tweets on the way from third party developers…