Twitter is finally ending support for its unpopular Mac desktop app

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On Friday, Twitter announced that it would be shutting down work on its Mac desktop app, to the dismay of, err, no one.

Users have 30 days, starting on Feb. 16, before the app will no longer be supported, Twitter said.

“We’re focusing our efforts on a great Twitter experience that’s consistent across platforms,” Twitter Support wrote in a tweet. “So, starting today the Twitter for Mac app will no longer be available for download, and in 30 days will no longer be supported.”

The app hadn’t exactly been flourishing in recent years, scoring a dismal 1.7 out of 5 in the App Store. Twitter had outsourced the development of the app to a studio in Seattle called Black Pixel. Read more…

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