Twitter abandoned its official app for Mac

TwitterIt may sound strange, but why I’m using Twitter, when I have no friends using it? Reason is, that I realized that most developers of apps which I use are active on Twitter. It’s true that I could use Facebook, but I hate that social bullshit, because Facebook is purely meant to put ads at foreground at the cost of statuses from my friends and… from developers! And I’m not saying about hiding many shares from FB friends to… to serve ads! And that last experiment with Explorer (one of the six tested countries was Slovakia, where I live), that was something terrible. Unlike Facebook, I like Twitter, because I see everything I want to see, no hidden statuses covered by ads, no “recommended content” (a.k.a. hidding friends’ posts and showing paid ads) and social network itself is very clean and tidy and not full of bullshits and useless features like Facebook, the biggest database of peoples in the world.

Recently, Twitter increased character limit to 280 (from 140), which was really good move. Sometimes, my statuses had slightly over 140 characters and I had to post “(1/2) and (2/2)” tweets. Twitter’s timeline is very clean and I love it. What I don’t like, is official app from Twitter. It’s Mac and iOS version is a joke, but fortunately, there are many 3rd party clients – as for me, I use Tweetbot. Many users were using alternative apps and Twitter’s official app got low market share, so Twitter decided to abandon it’s version for Mac. Twitter said:

We’re focusing our efforts on a great Twitter experience that’s consistent across platforms. So, starting today the Twitter for Mac app will no longer be available for download, and in 30 days will no longer be supported.

And recommendation for desktop Mac users?

For the full Twitter experience on Mac, visit Twitter on web. 👉

I have Tweetbot app for Twitter, Todoist app as my to-do app, e-mail client for e-mails, Pocket app for saving articles to read later, Telegram app for chatting with friends. All of these services got its web browser counterpart, but I prefer to have native apps for my key services, both macOS and iOS which are synced if needed – like Tweetbot, it remembers where I stopped reading tweets on Mac and when I continue on iPad, I can continue where I left on Mac. Amazing.

Today’s trend is to move services as much as possible into web browser, sometimes with additional extensions for browser, like Gmail notifier. Some services like Flipboard often got great mobile apps (iOS, Android), but no desktop app. I really don’t like this way. It’s something like registering on services via Facebook account. Yea, just one click and account is done, no settings, not confirmation e-mails and all in one place. So why to manually create account on services’ webpage and downloading stand-alone app for each service?

Answer: just imagine what happens if your Facebook account get banned or hacked…

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