This morning, with the launch of the Mac App Store, Twitter also launched its new desktop app for the Mac. While the app is pretty, it’s missing too many essential features that serious Twitter users have become accustomed to. It also doesn’t keep up with the high standards that the official Twitter for iPhone and iPad apps have set over the last few months.
Don’t get me wrong, Twitter for Mac is a decent, lightweight client for those who only follow their closest friends and family members (and maybe a few celebrities), but it’s no replacement for clients like TweetDeck, HootSuite or Seesmic.
Here are a few examples of what I didn’t like about the app:
Not all is bad, of course. The app is lightweight, fast and new tweets happily scroll across your screen in real time. A global hotkey for sending new tweets is a nice feature as well. So is support for multiple accounts, which the app also handles quite nicely.
Over on TechCrunch, Erick Schonfeld calls the app a “half-hearted attempt” – an apt description. For now, you won’t miss much if you stay away from it.
The "no new tweet" button is utterly goofy. Why on earth is that missing? I HAVE to do a key stroke? Rly?
Have to agree with every point you mentioned. And conversation view is for sure hidden. You have to search for a bubble which is only visible when we hover over the tweet. The app was rushed into mac app store. A real "half-hearted attempt"