For the Twitter fanatics out in the crowd, the following news may make you weep a little. According to TechCrunch columnist MG Siegler, Twitter made the decision that it will no longer develop updates for Twitter for Mac. The application, used by many, will not be completely killed off and users will still be able to download it from the App Store. The news quite honestly should not come as a shocker to anyone, as Twitter in recent months has quit updating the application with what seems like necessary features. For example, even with its deep Apple ties, Twitter still has not updated Twitter for Mac to support the new Retina MacBook Pro. It also has not tied the application to Mountain Lion’s new notification system.
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.— M.G. Siegler (@mgsiegler) September 6, 2012
9to5Mac heard a Retina version of Twitter for Mac is finished but has been “shelved.” We also separately heard what Siegler heard; Twitter wants to kill the application rather than push out the update. It appears Twitter wants to move everyone to the web.
The decision may temporarily drive power users to adopting third-party applications like TweetBot. TweetBot recently entered beta and is expected to hit final within the next few months. The beta is currently limited to TweetBot alpha users due to recent Twitter API changes. When the application is available on the App Store, TweetBot said the application would be open for all. The perception of TweetBot looks to be mostly positive.
Loren Brichter, the original developer of Twitter for Mac, then called “Tweetie”, seems at peace with the move:
@nathan thanks. Ah well.— Loren Brichter (@lorenb) September 7, 2012
There is no word on the status of Twitter-owned TweetDeck, which actually updated a lot recently. We reached out to Twitter for a comment, and we will let you know when we hear more.