Twitter is removing TweetDeck for Mac in July
Twitter is dropping support for the Mac version of TweetDeck on July 1, when it will only be accessible through a web browser.
TweetDeck for Mac users were alerted to this change when they opened the app today.
At the top of the screen, a message indicates:
“TweetDeck for Mac says goodbye. Starting July 1, the TweetDeck app for Mac will be discontinued. You can continue to access TweetDeck on the web.
The decision to remove TweetDeck for Mac comes a year after it received a significant upgrade, bringing it to par with the web app.
Few details of the decision were provided. Maybe the app became too difficult to maintain, or maybe its user base wasn’t meeting the company’s expectations.
We know this marks the end of what was once a must-have app for every social media manager with a MacBook.
Here’s why Twitter is shutting down TweetDeck for Mac and what people can use as alternatives.
Why is TweetDeck for Mac stopping?
In an announcement on Twitter, the TweetDeck team says that shutting down the Mac app allows them to devote more resources to improving the web version.
We say goodbye to TweetDeck for Mac app to focus on improving TweetDeck and testing our new preview. July 1 is the last day it will be available.
You can still use TweetDeck on the web, and more invitations to try the preview will be rolling out over the next few months!
— TweetDeck (@TweetDeck) June 1, 2022
After July 1, TweetDeck will no longer have an app of any kind.
When TweetDeck was independently owned and operated, it had apps for Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android.
The mobile apps shut down in 2013, two years after Twitter acquired TweetDeck. A Windows app shutdown followed in 2016.
TweetDeck for Mac has held out the longest, probably due to its devoted fan base, but now its time has come as well.
TweetDeck had a loyal user base who aren’t happy to see one of their favorite tools disappear.
When launched over a decade ago, TweetDeck was one of the first apps that allowed Twitter users to create custom columns, allowing multiple streams to be monitored at once.
This has made TweetDeck an indispensable tool for social media professionals and avid Twitter users.
TweetDeck has remained a beloved desktop app, and it’s surprising that it’s been shut down.
Long-time users aren’t thrilled about having to use the web version:
Twitter has decided to kill the #Tweetdeck app for Mac. I can’t explain how devastating this is to the work I do and how I work. Change is constant, but the web-based Tweetdeck just isn’t as powerful as the app. And it destroys the way I use Safari. Very disappointed, @Twitter.
—David Badash (@davidbadash) June 1, 2022
End of an era:
“Tweetdeck for Mac says goodbye.”
Yes, we will always have the web version but what does it do,
13 years of daily use of this super useful tool?? pic.twitter.com/QV3gKSskVT
—JoRoan Lazaro (@JoRoan) June 1, 2022
No no no no no. No no.
Sent from TweetDeck for Mac. https://t.co/rC9h9unh1R
— Ben Parr (@benparr) June 1, 2022
It makes no sense, like NONE. The Mac is showing its fastest growth yet and after years of doing very little to keep Tweetdeck alive, are you killing it? like now? 🤯 https://t.co/rN9SEtWFIm
— Carolina Milanesi (She/She) (@caro_milanesi) June 1, 2022
What is an alternative to TweetDeck for Mac?
Twitter has certain restrictions when it comes to third-party developers using its API, so it’s not possible for another app to be developed with an identical feature set.
There are a number of Twitter apps available on the Mac App Store, but none are true 1:1 alternatives to TweetDeck.
One option you have is to turn TweetDeck.com into a Mac app. This can be accomplished with an app like Fluiddownloadable for free.
It’s super easy to use and can turn any website into a Mac app. Simply enter a URL and click the “Create” button.
While not a perfect solution, it will be the closest thing to a TweetDeck Mac app when the native app is removed.
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