Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Death Of Tweetdeck

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.


  1. I hate it when they stop using or supporting something you like. I use Tweetie to look at Twitter on my computer, but I don't love it. If you find something that works really well, let me know. I love Twitter on my phone, but I don't look at it there as often as maybe I should...

  2. I liked Tweetdeck. When I got a new computer about a year ago, I just never got around to reinstalling it. I liked following multiple streams best. Well, guess it's no big deal I never reinstalled it.

  3. It's always a bummer when something you use is discontinued. I use Tweetdeck in my browser and only for chats, so this won't affect me, but I feel your pain.

  4. I don't know what tweetdeck is. Is it part of a ship? Like the poop deck?

  5. That might have made Twitter easier for me. I really just don't get Twitter. I should be on social media more (for my shop), but I can't figure out how to get Twitter to work for me.

  6. Great tips on staying connected to Twitter. I use Buffer for my feed. It doesn't connect me to Twitter, but lets me schedule a feed, which I love.

  7. I never even used Tweetdeck. Maybe if I tried one of the others, I would remember to check Twitter more often.

  8. I'm not very happy with Twitter's recent changes. They were like the only truly free-thought social media...until now. I've been using Tweetdeck in a browser all along, so no changes here, but I hate the move from the timeline to most popular. I almost stuck a stick in Facebook's eye when they did that.

  9. I've never used Tweetdeck or anything like it. I just use the app I downloaded from the app store, or my browser.

    But I concur...it's always a drag when something you use is discontinued. I'm always all, "Hey, I was using that!"

  10. I use Twitter directly -- except when participating in a Twitter chat. Then I really want an app that makes it easy to keep up, but they keep disappearing! First Tweet Chat stopped working, then Twubs. Tweetdeck was my least favorite, but it was better than nothing.

  11. Yeah, I don't know whether to try it or not. Twitter already takes up too much of my day.


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