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Siegler: Twitter Planning to Halt Development of Their Official Mac App

Posted in Apps, Mac, News on 07/09/2012 by J. Glenn Künzler

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Shortly after changing their API rules to discourage third-party Twitter clients, well-sourced Apple journalist MG  Siegler tweeted yesterday evening that Twitter may be planning to discontinue development on their official Mac app as well.

The app will reportedly remain available to download, but will not receive any further updates. Interestingly, 9to5Mac claims that a Retina-ready version of Twitter for Mac “is indeed finished but has been ‘shelved’.”

The news isn’t all that surprising – Twitter for Mac has been severely neglected for some time now, being updated only on rare occasions. Still, it does raise questions about the future of Twitter on the desktop. It appears that Twitter is trying to push everyone to use their web interface.

Twitter’s plans for TweetDeck – their more feature-rich Twitter client, which has been updated fairly regularly – remain unclear. Twitter has yet to respond either confirming or denying the rumor – but MG Seigler isn’t known for being wrong…



  • http://twitter.com/RoninM MRonin

    If these reports are true then it’s time for a twitter replacement. With their hostile stance toward developers, their aquisition of popular twitter clients for the sole purpose of killing them, and their push to force all users to their web interface, it’s to much “our way or the highway” so far as I’m concerned. It’s clear Twitter wants their advertising to be seen only by people willing to let Twitter slap them around. So if your like me and not cool with that then it’s time to move on.

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J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.