Tweeten Is A Twitter Desktop Client…
Tweeten appeared in a dark time, when Hootsuite and Tweetdeck weren’t delivering for me in the browser. When Tweetdeck client was behaving badly, freezing and hanging at regular intervals.
Having a desktop or browser Twitter app that doesn’t make it easy to tweet is one more, big reason why so many users were tweeting less and less.
What’s the kicker?
Tweeten started as a wrapper for Tweetdeck. Twitter’s lackadaisical attitude to development allowed someone else to build a better Tweetdeck. After buying Tweetdeck, Twitter has killed several versions of Tweetdeck but not done any substantial development to improve the app performance or feature set.
In the several months that Tweeten has been available they have not just matched but surpassed Tweetdeck in performance, functionality and more recently going cross-platform. Currently Tweeten is available for Windows (32 or 64 bit versions), OS X, Google Chrome and Edge with expected releases for Linux and Firefox in the pipeline.
Tweeten managed to do this by building with Electron. Electron was initially designed for GitHub’s Atom Editor but since has experienced massive adoption by Slack, Microsoft, Facebook and many others:
The Warptest POV
Tweeten is an easy to use, easy on the eye Twitter app that does better than Twitter themselves. I personally don’t like using Hootsuite so I was happy to find a good alternative. The desktop app is well served by development in the fantastic Electron, supports multiple accounts and pretty much everything you’ve come to expect from a Twitter app.
I’ve repeatedly called out Twitter for their failure to invest in improvement of their apps, mobile and desktop. The new Windows Twitter (Windows 8/10) app is IMHO a lazy attempt to take the mobile app and port it to desktop. One of the strongest features Twitter has are groups / lists. Tweetdeck and subsequently Tweeten deliver this feature marvelously. I would love to see a radical improvement to this in Twitter mobile apps and an investment in improving Tweetdeck.
Wake Up Twitter!
To be fair Twitter aren’t just sitting on their hands, as The Next Web reports, we can expect photos and links to be excluded from the 140 character limit on Tweets. Big news to be sure.
For now I’m happy to get back into Twitter on my laptop using Tweeten. How about you?