Twitter abandoned its official app for Mac

By | 19/02/2018

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, where can I find, alongside developers, most of my friends and family, but Facebook is purely meant to put ads at foreground at the cost of statuses from my friends, family and… developers! Another issue – I do not see many posts from groups, pages and peoples I follow, and sometimes even if I visit my feeds manually. And that last experiment with Explorer (one of the six tested countries was Slovakia, where I live), that was something terrible and also a sign, that Facebook platform could change rapidly while Twitter is relatively same for long time, latest biggest change was raising maximum character limit to 280. 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 mess and useless features like some other social networks.

Recently, as I mentioned, Twitter increased character limit to 280 (from 140), which was really good move. Sometimes, my tweets were slightly over 140 characters, so 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. Its 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? Just use web interface.

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 without desktop version. I really don’t like that trend to push users to use web interface, when dedicated app can provide much better experiences and more features, like, in cause of Twitter, native system notification when someone (for example) follows or mentions me. Someone may say that this can be solved by using e-mail notifications, but I don’t like this way – I don’t want to flood my e-mail account with notifications and to risk I miss an important e-mail. I prefer interactive notifications from dedicated apps. And no, registering e-mail account dedicated to notifications is not solution.

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? I can use Facebook’s official app or web interface, so where is problem?

Answer: just imagine what happens if your Facebook (or other) account get banned…

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