Comedian accidentally causes Apple to reject latest version of popular Twitter client from App Store

Tue, Mar 10, 2009


Update: Apple has allowed the new version of Tweetie into the App Store.  To read about the comedian who accidentally caused the initial rejection, continue reading below.

Tweetie is a full-featured and popular Twitter client for the iPhone, and Apple recently rejected the latest version of the application because one of the top Twitter trends at the time Apple reviewed the update contained a swear word.  Specifically, the offensive and trending topic in question was “#FuckItList.”

Following ‘trends’ via Tweetie is hardly a new feature in the program, and there are a number of other Twitter clients currently available that also had the same offensive topic on their trendlists.  This is clearly an obvious mistake on Apple’s part, and hopefully they’ll rectify it soon and allow Tweetie version 1.3 into the App Store.

Now its common for people to jump out of their seats anytime Apple rejects a program from the app store, and even more so in cases like this where the rejection is so obviously rooted in a misunderstanding.   The App Store is still relatively young and Apple is still working on getting some of the kinks out, but in a case as obviously transparent as this, Apple will hopefully fix it sooner than later.

What the hell is the “FuckItList”?

Now you might be wondering what in the world is a “FuckItList”, and how in the hell did it manage to become one of the top trending topics on Twitter.  Well, as luck would have it, we happen to be big fans of the comedian who started it, Michael Ian Black.  Michael Ian Black, for those who haven’t had the pleasure, was a cast member on the hilarious early 90’s MTV sketch comedy show The State, and went on to star in the cult comedy film “Wet Hot American Summer”, and the short-lived Comedy Central series “Stella”. But most people probably recognize him best as the sarcastic talking head from VH1’s “I Love the 80’s”.  (And the 70’s, 90’s, and millennium versions as well)

Anyways, on Twitter today, Michael Ian Black tweeted that he was creating a list of all the things he doesn’t need to do before he dies.  An anti bucket list of sorts that he aptly titled the FuckItList.  Some of the initial items on the FuckItList included touring Europe’s great cathedrals, learning about birds, and attending a MLB baseball game in every stadium.  Ian Black proceeded to ask his 71,000 followers to come up with their own FuckItLists, and they apparently responded en masse, causing the term “#FuckItList” to rise to the top on Twitter Trends.

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1 Comments For This Post

  1. Danielle Shaw Says:

    Yeah, I made my own #FuckitList, because I follow Michael Ian Black, too. I think what he came up with is genius and Apple shouldn’t go into a tizzy fit because it contains one little swear.

    After all, you can’t protect everyone.

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