Well, I guess it’s not technically dead. They were all “Oh it’s still online so it’s not like it’s really gone! Ha ha—wait, why are you all leaving?” Like we don’t know that they canceled the desktop version of Tweetdeck because they don’t get any ad revenue from it.
Twitter has made some really annoying changes over the years. The worst part is they aren’t awful. Yes, that makes sense, shut up. The changes they’ve made aren’t anything that would make someone quit. But they do make it a lot suckier to use. Case in point: stop calling Favorites Likes damn it this isn’t Facebook. And like dropping the desktop version of Tweetdeck. Yeah, it’s lame as hell, but you’re not going to quit and trash all of your followers for it.
But I really liked being able to access Twitter without having to go through my browser. I especially liked the fact that it presented your lists in easy to read columns where you could keep your important/interesting follows separate from the ones that are basically spambots. Overall, I liked the convenience and presentation of Tweetdeck more than Twitter itself. So obviously I’m going to find something to replace it rather than use the damn browser version. Seriously, Twitter must think I’m stupid.
And that’s how I found Janetter. It’s basically another Tweetdeck, but…well, it’s not a perfect one. Here, let me break it down for you:
---Can hit enter to tweet again. The fact that you couldn’t do that on Tweetdeck really bugged me.
---Has little wavy lines to show when you’ve caught up to tweets that you’ve already read.
---Still calls Favorites Favorites. Honestly, this may be the clincher.
---The settings aren’t very intuitive, so they can be hard to figure out.
---Does not show favorites or RTs : (. Unless there’s some way to do it through the settings that I can’t figure out (see above).
---Can’t click on a tweet and see all the responses to it. Kind of annoying that you see a response and can’t figure out what it’s for without going to Twitter.
---Interface is a bit jerky, and it can be slow at displaying new Tweets.
So that’s it. In all, it’s an acceptable substitute. Plus we have Favorites. I really, really like that.