TweetDeck is an app that has been around for a very long time. In fact, it was one of the first apps ever released by Twitter and is sometimes known as a better version of the service. It’s a Twitter app made by Twitter that is for the true Twitter power users, people who use the service often and tweet a lot throughout the day.
Just this week, TweetDeck’s Mac app was updated for the first time in three years! The new update included additions like a Dark Model, app crashes and various other improvements.
Where the app goes right is in its interface. It breaks everything up into columns, which includes your tweets/timeline, mentions and your notifications, such as tweet likes and retweets.
TweetDeck also gives you the ability to add more columns for things like trending, direct messages and scheduled tweets you have ready to go.
Since TweetDeck is a service that some businesses use, TweetDeck, like I just mentioned, allows users the ability to schedule tweets. This means that if you are a business and want a tweet to go out without having to write it in the moment, you can write it beforehand and schedule so that it can still go out even if you are not managing your account at the moment.
Another cool feature of the app is that it is the only Twitter app in the Mac App Store that has streaming capabilities. Streaming essentially means that users can have their timeline be constantly updating without having to pull up on the timeline to refresh it. This used to be a feature on third-party apps like Tweetbot and Twitterrific, but was pulled after a Twitter API change in August 2018.
The search function, which is one of Twitter’s best features, is on TweetDeck and it works the same way as in the regular Twitter app.
The only downside I have been able to find from this app is that it does have the GIF button like the Twitter app does in its app. The only way to be able to do that in TweetDeck is to upload the GIF as an image. It is a little annoying, but I guess the good part is that you can still do it.
On the bright side, the app does allow you to view GIFs and that they are played automatically in the app too, no need to click a play button of any kind when one comes across your timeline.
However, this is something that Twitter should fix in the name of continuity. Plus, Tweetbot has it in both their iOS and macOS versions, so it should be an easy fix for TweetDeck, given the fact that Tweetbot is a third-party app and not an official one made by Twitter.
Overall, the 2019 version of TweetDeck is getting 3/4 stars from me. It’s a great app for people who want something a little more out of Twitter and is excellent for businesses users who need something more than the Twitter website and do not want to pay for a third-party Twitter app. It does lose a star for not including GIFs since that is such a crucial part of Twitter today. TweetDeck is a free app in the Mac App Store.
Rating: 3/4 stars