Twitter for Mac doesn’t suck anymore

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That didn't take too long, did it?
Photo: Twitter

Twitter finally resurrected its Mac app with just about everything its users have been asking for over the past several… well, for a really long time. The update at long last looks much like the Twitter you’re familiar with on your smartphone or desktop browser. It’s complete with highly requested features like GIF support and group direct messages with up to 50 people, plus a dark theme for power users and more.

“Don’t call it a comeback!” Twitter wrote in the update description. “Twitter for Mac is getting the update you’ve been asking for.”

The social network for whatever reason pretty much abandoned its app in the Mac App Store for well over a year, despite continuously adding new features to the website and mobile apps. Even TweetDeck ended up far ahead of the Mac app. The last update in August merely added support for direct messages longer than 140 characters in length, which was pretty much a total slap in the face considering demand for all the other new features.

This update, fortunately, adds the rest. On top of the aforementioned GIF and group direct messages support, the Mac app now has inline video playback, account mute, the ability to properly quote tweets and even a Today widget in Notification Center with highlights from your Twitter feed.

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Now you can quote tweets about Bill Cosby from anywhere.
Photo: Twitter

Twitter for Mac’s new dark design option mimics that of TweetDeck by changing the background to a dark gray and the color scheme to match. Otherwise, the rest of the design got some nice tweaks and updates as well like improvements to the like and retweet icons with activity counters.

It’s an excellent update, albeit extremely overdue. The only new feature that seems to be entirely absent from the Mac app is Moments. Twitter launched this brand new section online and in the mobile apps earlier this year as a way to sum up world news and trending topics with popular tweets. Perhaps Twitter is holding off on adding this to the Mac app, or perhaps Moments isn’t doing so well despite very warm reception.

I also noticed that text looks just slightly fuzzy on my 2011 MacBook Air sans a Retina display, so hopefully it looks better on newer MacBooks. That’s nothing a quick software update shouldn’t be able to fix anyway.

If like so many other people you’ve been waiting to get your hands on a Twitter for Mac that’s actually up to speed, wait no more. The version 4.0 update is available now in the Mac App Store.

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  • AngryDingo

    It looks exactly like Tweetbot.

  • The OS integration is still a bit wonky, though, compared to the iOS version. In iOS, the accounts I add in Settings are used in the Twitter app, whereas on OS X, they aren’t. The app also doubles notifications unless you either switch off the app’s notifications or the Internet Accounts notifications.

    I’m not sure if this is a MAS limitation, though, but IME apps don’t seem to have any problems accessing the Keychain; why can’t Twitter do that to access its own entries that it adds through Internet Accounts?

  • jayjaytee

    Now, if only there were a decent minimalist desktop Twitter client for Windows …

  • nwcs

    If only they would start dialing back on the ads but they are desperate now.

    • herbaled

      Would you prefer to pay instead?

      • nwcs

        There is a point where the content is overwhelmed by ads. I would rather leave the service as it provides only small utility. Same concept as elasticity of demand.

  • Scott Landis

    Dare I ask why dark mode is “for power users?”

    • I think “power user” in this case means someone who uses the app a lot, rather than someone who is super skilled. The idea being that for some people, dark mode is easier on the eyes when using the app for long periods of time. Just a guess.

  • Roxy Balboa

    Horrible update.