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’.”
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.
— MG Siegler (@parislemon) September 6, 2012
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…