Twitter launches ‘new’ Tweetdeck as the old version breaks down

If you’ve been having trouble using Twitter recently, you aren’t alone — the service has been having issues ever since it started limiting the number of posts users could view each day. Although many of the platform’s issues stabilized over the weekend, Tweetdeck remains broken unless users switch to the beta version of the list aggregator. Now, Twitter is gearing up to solve the issue by making that beta version of Tweetdeck the main version, announcing on Monday that it has “launched a new, improved version of Tweetdeck.”

Despite officially launching, this “new” Tweetdeck still calls itself the “Tweetdeck Preview” while in app, and users still need to opt-in to using it in the menu of the original Tweetdeck interface. Even so, switching to the new interface does indeed restore basic Tweetdeck functionality for users that rely on its list aggregation features. Twitter says the process should be fairly straightforward as well, promising that saved searches, lists and columns should carry over instantly. Although Twitter says that the updated preview build should now support Twitter Spaces, polls and other features that were previously missing, it notes that Teams functionality is currently unavailable.

Twitter hasn’t officially announced that it’s retiring the old version of Tweetdeck, but in a thread discussing the issues a Twitter employee suggested the change would be permanent, stating that they were “migrating everyone to the preview version.” 

Although switching to the new version of Tweetdeck potentially resolves the issue, many legacy users may still find themselves without access to the power-user tool in the near future. According to Twitter Support, the feature will become exclusive to Twitter Blue subscribers in the near future, noting that “in 30 days, users must be Verified to access Tweetdeck.” It’s unclear if that change will be applied to all users in early August, or if all users will have a 30-day trial of the new Tweetdeck before being prompted to subscribe.

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