Broken Tweetdeck

I’m more than a little baffled by the new version of Tweetdeck. It has lost significant functionality compared to the previous versions. The new version:

  • Can’t delete tweets.
  • Can’t see the twitter @ name responsible for retweets because only the real name is shown.
  • Can’t see from a profile whether that person is following me.
  • Can’t reply to or retweet tweets when browsing another person’s timeline.
  • Can’t send a tweet to Facebook as well as twitter when retweeting.
  • Doesn’t show all of my tweets that have been favourited or retweeted, especially after a restart.
  • Insists on quoting tweets instead of the traditional RT @name: tweet.
  • Doesn’t copy hashtags into replies.
It also has changes that I dislike but can live with. It:
  • Requires extra clicks to see conversations attached to a tweet.
  • Won’t let me click in a column to select what scrolls with the mouse wheel as it loads the details for the tweet clicked on.
  • Doesn’t reply to tweets within the columns any more, which means can’t reply to one tweet while composing another.
  • Loses a tweet in progress if it is closed.
  • The colour scheme includes significant white parts. The dark colour scheme of Tweetdeck helped me to communicate when migraines made white web pages hurt.

I’m baffled as to why they would break Tweetdeck like this. The cynical view is that Twitter want to break Tweetdeck so that people return to using the Twitter website directly, but that doesn’t entirely make sense. Tweetdeck provides abilities that Twitter just does not, like the ability to see tweets streamed in real time instead of periodic updates, and can show replies, messages and lists all at the same time alongside the timeline. If I were twitter I would brand Tweetdeck as Twitter Pro and call it a premium service. Instead they seem to be deliberately making it like the Twitter website and breaking it. Unfortunately there is still nothing better to move to.

Author: Latentexistence

The world is broken and I can't fix it because I am broken. I can, however, rant about it all and this is where I do that when I can get my thoughts together. Most of the time you'll find my words on Twitter rather than here though. I sometimes write for Where's The Benefit too.

4 thoughts on “Broken Tweetdeck”

  1. useful to see your comprehensive list. thank you for your thoroughness.  i was personally irritated recently by suddenly finding that doesn’t work for messages > 140 char. NB no explanatory msg. because i know the smell of the Devil, i could tell from just that one thing that he has been at work behind the scenes.

    ‘twitter; is not sacred. its functionality has been useful for a time, but the only ones who would stay determinedly loyal however they are abused, are those who are sheeple & those with ego-investment in their “number-of-followers” index. all such people are pretty well irrelevant to the project of developing our collective human ego-lite intelligence.

    however this take-over of twitter by corporate “values” should be well publicised. as already mentioned, it “stinks”, so the culprits will not be difficult to identify.

  2. TweetDeck has really been annoying me recently too. I completely agree with this list. Another annoying thing: when someone posts a link to YouTube or TwitPic or something, in the old TweetDeck all you needed to do to preview it was click on the link. Now you actually have to click on ‘More’ if you want to preview it within TweetDeck. Why? It’s annoying and unnecessary.

    It’s moves like this which make me want to write my own open-source Twitter client! I’m guessing there must be some out there already?!

  3. I didn’t like the new Tweetdeck so I moved to Hootsuite! Epic fail on Twitter’s part then if they’re trying to get people to move back to the web version!

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