Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Mar 2016 13:30 UTC
Internet & Networking

Two high-profile companies are shutting down development for two platforms this week. First, Facebook has announced it is ceasing development of the Facebook and WhatsApp applications for BlackBerry OS.

The app landscape continues to evolve, and in ways that are not always within our control. Recently, Facebook made the decision to discontinue support of their essential APIs for BlackBerry and WhatsApp announced they would end support for BlackBerry 10 and BBOS at the end of 2016.

In addition, Twitter announced it is ceasing development of its only application for desktop Windows, TweetDeck.

To better focus on enhancing your TweetDeck experience, we'll no longer support a standalone Windows app. If you use Windows, you'll still be able to visit TweetDeck on the web - nothing is changing about TweetDeck itself, just where you access it from. This change will take effect on April 15th.

TweetDeck was the only desktop Twitter client the company ever supported (it bought TweetDeck several years ago), and while it is far from perfect, it's the only desktop Twitter client that was halfway decent. Twitter never created a proper Win32 client, and neither did anyone else. They do have a Metro client developed by a third party, but it's pretty terrible and a horrible user experience on a desktop machine.

Unlikely as it is, I'm still stubbornly holding out hope somebody creates a nice and elegant Win32 Twitter client, because with the shutdown of TweetDeck, I don't have any options for using Twitter on the computing platform I use the most (i.e., Windows).

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Twitter wants users
by grahamtriggs on Wed 23rd Mar 2016 17:49 UTC
grahamtriggs
Member since:
2009-05-27

Apparently, Twitter are desperate for users.

They might want to stop killing off the usable ways of accessing it, forcing people to use their crappy experiences.

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RE: Twitter wants users
by darknexus on Wed 23rd Mar 2016 19:55 in reply to "Twitter wants users"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

There are no users anymore, only potential ad targets. It's sad. ;)

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RE: Twitter wants users
by lucas_maximus on Wed 23rd Mar 2016 21:49 in reply to "Twitter wants users"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

There are a lot of SJW stuff going on at Twitter and people have complained about how anything that is politically to the right aren't showing up in feeds.

I don't know if it is true at all, but if it is ... it is pretty shitty.

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RE[2]: Twitter wants users
by darknexus on Thu 24th Mar 2016 15:37 in reply to "RE: Twitter wants users"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

I haven't noticed anything disappearing, but those groups do like to bully people into "voluntarily" removing content. They're nasty.

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RE[2]: Twitter wants users
by winter skies on Sat 26th Mar 2016 14:59 in reply to "RE: Twitter wants users"
winter skies Member since:
2009-08-21

It might as well be just because the right has the culture of victimism deeply embedded in its core. Just sayin'

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RE: Twitter wants users
by PartTimeZombie on Wed 23rd Mar 2016 23:28 in reply to "Twitter wants users"
PartTimeZombie Member since:
2015-07-30

I don't think twitter will be around for a long time.
As you said, they're desperate for users, and they are desperate to keep Wall St. happy which means they're on the horns of a dilemma as they won't be able to please both.
I think that means they'll opt to try to make money, which will make twitter an awful experience, and the users will jump onto the next social media bandwagon.

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