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Twitter discontinues its Mac desktop app after years of spotty support

Twitter discontinues its Mac desktop app after years of spotty support


The company will no longer support the client after 30 days

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Twitter’s erratic support for its dedicated desktop Mac application is coming to an end, with the company announcing today that it’s pulled the application from the web and from Apple’s App Store. Support for Twitter for Mac will end in 30 days, the company adds.

The app, before Twitter pulled it, had an average user rating on the App Store of 1.7 out of 5. That’s an accurate approximation of most people’s attitude toward the software, which has never quite been as robust as third-party clients like Tweetbot or even in-house services like Tweetdeck.

Twitter failed time and again to keep its Mac app up to date with the service’s latest features — it took the company more than seven months to bring Moments, which launched in October of 2015, to its Mac client. In December of 2015, The Verge reported that Twitter didn’t even make the app itself; the company outsourced development to a third-party digital studio in Seattle called Black Pixel.

So it’s safe to say the software won’t be dearly missed by very many users. It’s clear Twitter wants to put more of its engineering and product resources toward web and mobile, where a vast majority of users likely access the product today.