Twitter is reportedly in the process of launching the revamped edition of TweetDeck this month. However, the application is not expected to function in the manner that it did beforehand. Most notably, TweetDeck will only be available to Verified users in 30 days. On the positive side, it will now support “full composer functionality, Spaces, video docking, polls, and more.” Additionally, TweetDeck will transfer users’ “saved searches, lists, and columns” to the new platform. Thus far, these changes have not been well received by Twitter users.
“A paywall for TweetDeck? I don’t want to spend all my time on Twitter complaining about Twitter, but that is egregious,” Gene Park of The Washington Post commented.
“I’m not paying to use TweetDeck. It’d be one thing if Twitter created a new level of tools worth paying $8 for. Instead, they broke the app & said, ‘Pay us $8 [per] month to make it work.” I’m not pitching in to bail Elon out of bad choices,” John Karalis of Boston Sports Journal added.
Moving TweetDeck behind a paywall is just the latest in a growing list of changes that Twitter users have dealt with during the Elon Musk era. Most recently, Musk and company made the decision to limit the number of tweets that users can view each day. Similarly, this change has not been viewed favorably by the public.
“Is it time I just quit Twitter at this point?” social media consultant Matt Navarra asked.
In response, several users have turned to alternative social media apps, including Mastodon, Bluesky, Spill and Spoutible. Not to mention, Meta is reportedly set to launch its alternative app, Threads, later this month.
We have just launched a new, improved version of TweetDeck. All users can continue to access their saved searches & workflows via https://t.co/2WwL3hNVR2 by selecting “Try the new TweetDeck” in the bottom left menu.
Some notes on getting started and the future of the product…
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 3, 2023