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Snippet: Days Numbered for Twitter’s Mac Client ☇

Shared on September 7, 2012

MG Siegler tweets:

Word is that Twitter made the call today: Twitter for Mac is done. They won’t kill it outright, but no further updates. Goodbye, old friend.

As Marco Arment mentioned, this is something we all kind of saw coming for awhile, but now you can’t easily pick a third-party client instead:

Of course it’s dead. The difference now is that Twitter won’t let anyone else replace it, probably because they can make far more money by making people use their website.

Next: how will they ruin the also-long-neglected iPad app?

The second point also seems to be one that is worth bringing up. Basically, Twitter bought Tweetie (an excellent third-party client), destroyed the iPhone version when they released the 4.0 version, and both the Mac and iPad versions, while similar, have languished for awhile with only minimal updates. Although the current iPhone version of the app has gotten better and more usable, the iPad version just feels clunky, buggy, and something I’d be using two years ago. I really hope Twitter’s goal is not to push iPad users to its site, as they seem to be doing with desktop users. This seems like the opposite of the situation about two years ago, where Facebook didn’t have an iPad version of its app.

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