TweetDeck for Mac will be shutting down in just two days on July 1st. I rely on the TweetDeck app for my work as a news writer here at The edge – I live for my big news alerts and love being able to scroll through my endless Twitter columns – and I was disappointed to hear that TweetDeck was going away. But if you are looking for a replacement, you should seriously check it out Tweeter. I downloaded it a day or two after Twitter announced that TweetDeck was going away, and I haven’t looked back.
Tweeten is essentially TweetDeck. Like the official Twitter user app, Tweeten lets you do things like tweet directly from the client and create columns of all kinds so you can connect to the matrix. Seriously, just look at this screenshot from Tweeten — if you’ve used TweetDeck before, I suspect this layout will look familiar:
But Tweeten has some things that I like better than the native TweetDeck app. Tweeten offers more ways to tweak the app to your liking in the settings menu. And I find Tweeten’s personalized notifications to be much more powerful. You can like and retweet a tweet right from the notification, as well as set things like which corner of the screen they appear in and how long they remain visible.
I have some small problems with Tweeten. I think TweetDeck looks better and I sometimes run into a bug where notifications appear in the middle of my screen after plugging my MacBook Air back into my monitor. But these issues didn’t stop me from opening Tweeten instead of TweetDeck every morning – I had actually forgotten that TweetDeck was going away until my colleagues started talking about it in Slack this morning. Tweeten even earned a permanent place on my MacBook’s dock.
Tweeten is available as Free download for Mac and Windows, and you can also get it as a Chrome extension. If you try Tweeten and still prefer TweetDeck, it will live on as an application on the web.