[Updated] TweetDeck & Hootsuite: Popular alternatives after Twitter bans third-party apps like Tweetcaster, Tweetbot & others
New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….
Original story (published on January 23, 2023) follows:
It would be safe to say that almost everyone is aware of Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter by now. We even witnessed various twists and turns every now and then.
The immediate aftermath of the purchase of Twitter has seemingly proven to be extremely turbulent. From facing impending insolvency to introducing new features, we have seen the platform evolve into Twitter 2.0.
TweetDeck and Hootsuite as alternatives
As a result, various alternatives like Tweetbot and Twitterrific would stop operating. It appears that Twitter is upholding its API policies due to which these sites (including Tweetcaster) have stopped working.
But a number of users are not quite happy with this and expressing their displeased state of mind regarding the same.
Had a bit of a positive feeling about the Twitter changes so far but now with third party API closure it came down to the same stinky level as the others. 🤷🏼♂️
@Twitter Now that the Third party applications have been kicked off the platform, what is the point of continuing to use the platform‽ The features they offered added value. No value now. Bye…
Users believed that third-party apps on Twitter added a greater value. But now they will have to deal with the frequent ads which are mostly there for the generation of revenue.
Here are some popular alternatives
Now that certain apps and websites have been banned, users can check out the following alternatives.
TweetDeck: TweetDeck was acquired by Twitter six years ago which can be accessed through the same Twitter account without disclosing the password.
However, it’s worth noting that TweetDeck hasn’t likely been updated in a long time. Moreover, a majority of the TweetDeck team was fired by Elon Musk.
TweetDeck still works as of yesterday, but “maintained” is a bit of a stretch. I don’t think TweetDeck has been updated in ages. Basically a few updates since it was bought.
Hootsuite: It is a social media management system that offers a unified user interface to control your online presence.
Additionally, you can also try creating an account on the social media platform, Mastodon.
No doubt the decision to ban third-party platforms was sudden. But users can still choose from some of the alternatives mentioned above (especially TweetDeck and Hootsuite).
We’ll keep tabs on the latest developments and update this article as and when something noteworthy comes up.
Update 1 (August 3, 2023)
02:00 pm (IST): Following the Twitter rebranding to X, TweetDeck has also been rebranded to XPro. More on that here.
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