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Twitter for Mac is no more. Twitter has already pulled the app from Apple’s App Store, and will end support completely on March 18, 2018. There are obviously other third-party apps available, but Twitter is directing Mac users to start using Twitter on the web instead.
The world is slowly but surely moving away from desktop applications. Which is ironic given that apps are what makes everyone’s smartphones tick. However, this change isn’t being driven by users so much as it is by the developers. And Twitter is a prime example.
Seeking Consistency Across All Platforms
Twitter is discontinuing Twitter for Mac as it continues its efforts to deliver “a great Twitter experience that’s consistent across platforms.” Twitter for Mac started out as Tweetie, until Twitter acquired the company and slapped its name on the app instead.
Unfortunately, Twitter failed to adequately support Twitter for Mac. So, features that were standard across other platforms took months to arrive on Twitter for Mac. And, according to reports, Twitter ended up outsourcing development to a digital studio.
For the full Twitter experience on Mac, visit Twitter on web. ? https://t.co/fuPJa3nVky
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) February 16, 2018
Twitter is advising Twitter for Mac users to switch to using Twitter.com instead. And while that makes sense from Twitter’s point of view, power users are unlikely to be satisfied with the simple nature of Twitter on the web. So they’ll likely switch to a third-party app instead.
Still, before it disappeared, Twitter for Mac had an average user rating on the App Store of 1.7 out of 5. Which suggests it wasn’t exactly beloved by the people using it. By way of comparison, Twitterrific has a rating of 3.9 out of 5 and Tweetbot has a rating of 4 out of 5.
Other Twitter Desktop Apps Are Available
We suspect most people who know how to use Twitter do so exclusively on mobile. And others will have moved onto other apps such as Tweetbot or Twitterrific by now. So, while it’s annoying for the hangers-on, no one should be too upset at the loss of Twitter for Mac.
Are you a fan of Twitter for Mac? If so, how do you feel about Twitter killing this desktop app? Are you going to just start visiting Twitter.com instead? Or will you now switch to another Twitter desktop app? Please let us know in the comments below!
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