Twitter pulls down its Mac desktop app, support ends in 30 days

Before Twitter pulled it down, it had an average rating of 1.7 out of 5 on the App Store

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Highlights

    • Twitter pulls down “Tweetie” for Mac from the App Store
    • The app was initially released in 2008
    • Moment was added in October 2015, seven months after its release

Twitter announced that it is ending support for its dedicated desktop Mac app in the next few days. The company said that it has brought the app down from the web and from App Store as well. After 30 days the Twitter for Mac “will no longer be supported.”

The news is not that surprising given that Twitter hardly modified the app’s desktop version for Mac, and users for long had waited for a ‘dramatic’ update (since 2015 to be exact) to happen. While a revamped ‘Tweetie’ didn’t take shape, many determined users have since switched to either Twitterific or Tweetbot. The app really didn’t thrive in the past few years and before Twitter pulled it down, it had an average rating of 1.7 out of 5 on the App Store.

Twitter failed to keep its Mac app lively and took nearly seven months to add ‘Moments’ that was introduced in 2015. Notably, the Tweetie is not a creation of Twitter (via The Verge), rather it was outsourced development to a Seattle-based third-party digital studio, Black Pixel. Perhaps this is the reason that the online networking service didn’t try to put much of an effort into revamping the app.

While users would barely shed a tear for the passing away of the Twitter app for Mac, many Twitter users have however expressed their concern that the company could likely make a similar move with TweetDeck, a popular multi-column client with list-making tools used for managing Twitter accounts. TechCrunch, however, notes that Twitter barely makes choice in ‘lockstep’ with the wishes of its user base.