I use Twitter all the time. It's essential for work. It's useful for social. It's probably a time drain on my life too, but it puts things in front of me that I'd likely otherwise miss. And, it would seem, I'm about to be using Twitter a lot less from 1 July 2022.
Why so? Because that is the date when Twitter is saying goodbye to TweetDeck for Mac. The application – which arranges editable columns of Twitter sourced material – will be dead and done, automatically removed from your applications list.
"You can continue accessing TweetDeck on the web," reads the banner that, ironically enough, is currently dangling from the TweetDeck application. I could do that, I suppose, but the nature of work means that I have dozens of web browser tabs open at all times.
The chances of me having yet another window open just for Twitter and, crucially, being able to successfully use it in that format? Close to zero, I'd wager.
Why is Twitter closing TweetDeck?
So what's the deal – why is Twitter binning the TweetDeck application? It paid a massive $40 million for the platform back in 2011 after all.
However, Twitter has slowly but surely cut support for the application. In 2013 it shut down TweetDeck's mobile client. In 2016 the Windows support went. Seven years on, it's now the end of the road for Mac.
The thing is: I can't understand why. Twitter has long struggled to monetise its business, which has long been documented in financial press. But, to me, TweetDeck has always felt like the most natural platform to arrange curated Twitter searches and access to personal content.
So what can you do? One solution, as 9to5Mac points out, is to download the Unite app, which can turn a web page into an application. How well that will be supported I'm yet to see, but it could be the only solution I have to combat Twitter's big change.