Twitter’s new beta TweetDeck is so bad I’m ready to ragequit

What happens in beta It would have been better to be in beta

I counted: 31 tweets. That’s all I could see in my traditional TweetDeck window the other day. But at that very moment, Tweetdeck’s new preview only showed me 21 tweets — 38 percent less, and that’s with the narrowest column and smallest font available, just to be clear.

For more than a decade, people have swore by TweetDeck as a power user alternative to the native Twitter app, but most people actually have a specific meaning: It lets you see more tweets. TweetDeck lets you see more tweets without having to scroll. It gives you a full dashboard of tweets you can throw at the monitor, untraceable. TweetDeck’s strength is that it Worth seeing, a way to passively tap into the fires of personal interests. That’s why it’s such a powerful tool and tool for the world’s newsrooms ledge uses daily.

That’s why I can’t fathom how Twitter can let this new version of Tweetdeck into the world even in beta form. I’m worried now that Twitter has forgotten why we use TweetDeck.

Left: Tweetdeck. Right: Tweetdeck preview.

If you break it down, there are easily half a dozen petty culprits, each of which is forgivable in itself:

  • A lot of space is wasted around tweets.
  • The Reply, Retweet, and Like buttons have been deprecated, taking up more space.
  • TweetDeck’s left rail is wide, for no apparent reason.
  • Twitter lists inexplicably come with an “overview” at the top, which leaves an ugly “show overview” button even if you minimize it.
  • Tweet previews inside Tweets (ie quote Tweets) now take up far more vertical space.
  • Scroll bars are now smaller, as they are native to the browser, unlike the previous custom bars – and on Chrome, they don’t render properly in dark mode.

Together, these changes add up to a less visible TweetDeck, whether you’ve got it on a dedicated portrait monitor (like me) or not. I’m disappointed that my 16:10 monitor can no longer fit four full columns without changing my browser zoom, but it could honestly be worse in the scenario: if you follow people who retweet a lot of things If you do, you’ll be lucky to see four at a time in a given column before sliding out of view.

When Twitter teased the new Tweetdeck on Tuesday, the knee-jerk reaction was that our precious column was put away for good, due to a teaser image that — to put it mildly — didn’t cater to Tweetdeck’s power users. . Hours later, Twitter realized its mistake. tweeting “Don’t worry! Your favorite TweetDeck features aren’t dying out,” suggests the column is alive and well. Twitter’s Eric Zuckerman, who helps the company partner with news publishers, also defended the design tweet a picture of yourself:

And yet some of Zuckerman’s columns let you see two big tweets at once. two.

The new TweetDeck has some silver linings. I’m glad Twitter is bringing its new composer and direct message box to For example, it’s nice to have more streamlined control over images, and you could argue that pop-up message boxes save you from having to create a dedicated column for them (though, for ledgeprivate news account, it’s blocking only part of our view). And while I could care less about being able to switch between a “deck” full of columns from a Twitter account, a la virtual desktops, I’m sure some social media managers are excited.

The new TweetDeck Composer has reached parity with, and looks similar.

The new notification column is neat too, so you can easily see alerts for specific users and when your Tweets have been liked and retweeted, rather than seeing when you’ve been mentioned. That, plus columns for your own profile, Twitter’s Explore tab, events, topics, moments, and advanced Boolean search can make TweetDeck a complete alternative to Twitter, instead of sometimes letting you swap between the two.

But some creature comforts aside, I’m not looking for TweetDeck like Vanilla Twitter already exists, and it’s only a click away. (Or at least, it was until TweetDeck Preview added its own URLs for individual tweets, yuck.) I chose TweetDeck because it was more Efficient, like I withdrew many third-party Twitter apps back when they were a thing, Twitter limited most of them to death and properly kept them from auto-refreshing tweets.

Ironically, I’m also having a bit of trouble with the Tweetdeck preview: if I move away from the new Tweetdeck window for a while I find that the auto-refresh feature doesn’t always pop up new tweets in my view. . Twitter says Tweetdeck currently tries to maintain your current scroll position so you don’t lose track when more tweets come in, but it wants feedback. (My response: Make “do not auto-scroll” a toggle.)

Twitter tells me it’s already seeing a lot of early feedback that tweet density is important to people, and that feedback is Point To pass this preview on to the world. The company wants to find out what it should really include in the final version, and criticism like mine can help. oh, and this is especially important here Because Twitter is expecting people to pay for this new version of TweetDeck. “With this test, we hope to collect feedback to find out what an enhanced version of TweetDeck might look like in later Twitter subscription offerings,” writes a spokesperson.

I sure hope so, because there aren’t many things to keep me on Twitter these days except the efficiency of TweetDeck, and this preview version is less efficient on practically every front. If Twitter blows up Tweetdeck, I won’t refuse to pay – I’ll probably leave Twitter for good.

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