Twitter for Mac’s future isn’t looking very bright. The app hasn’t received an update in over a year, and it doesn’t look like Twitter will be updating it ever again.
Word on the street is that Twitter has an update technically in its pipeline, but the social network probably won’t pull the trigger. Twitter for Mac has basically been sent to its grave.
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.
In a second tweet:
One more thing: had heard whispers of Retina (pretty easy to update) not sure if that made the cut before decision or not.
Twitter recently bought TweetDeck and has been pushing out updates rather aggressively, but for some reason, the original Twitter for Mac app has been severely neglected for quite some time. This is probably because Twitter has been so focused on monetization and its new API — an API with rules that encourage third-party developers to stop making their own clients.
With Twitter integration baked into OS X, maybe it does make sense for Twitter to stop working on the app. If the point of the official client was to send tweets, then OS X lets you do that already. For interacting with the timeline, Twitter may think the web app is good enough.
Twitter for Mac launched in the Mac App Store back in the summer of 2011. The app was originally called Tweetie for Mac before Twitter purchased it from Loren Brichter, the beloved designer who is responsible for the official iOS Twitter apps and has since left the company.
Update: John Gruber of Daring Fireball fame has chimed in:
I’ve heard the same thing. Worst part is, they may even have a retina-ready update ready to release — but they’re just going to keep it in their pocket out of spite. They want people to use the website.