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I Got Bugs

by M.G. Siegler


Return of the (Twitter for) Mac

Nolan O'Brien:

What will be different this time with Twitter for Mac?
The new Twitter for Mac app will use our existing iOS codebase, rather than being built from a separate codebase, following the same successful strategy we've used with Web to expand our supported clients. By supporting key Mac-specific behaviors on top of our iOS code, we will be able to maintain feature parity across our iOS and Mac apps with relatively low long term maintenance costs.
What can we expect with the new Twitter for Mac?
Mac users are some of the most engaged people on Twitter, and we are thrilled to introduce them to a new fully native Mac app that has full feature parity with our other platforms plus amazing new features. Expect great things like resizable windows with dynamic content, multiple windows support, native notifications, drag & drop and keyboard support. There may even be a few new exciting features we haven't been able to build for mobile devices that we’re excited to share in the fall!

A lot of folks are making fun of this -- resizable windows! drag & drop! -- and perhaps rightfully so, given just how many times Twitter has killed and subsequently resurrected the Mac client. But this is good news. I keep trying and failing to get into Twitter's website. I just can't get there. Something about it feels wrong to me.

I miss the original Twitter for Mac (Tweetie!) -- it was so simple, just a live-updating single tweet stream. Tweetbot is close, but it doesn't have full feature parity (which is Twitter's fault, of course). Tweetdeck is closer, but it's also overkill, in many ways.


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