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Longtime users of Twitter’s desktop client for Mac might want to start looking at some alternatives, as Twitter has yanked it from the app store and will soon no longer support it.

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

Twitter’s Support team is recommending Mac owners use—not the most useful advice for those who prefer the convenience (and functionality) of a desktop client.

Few people actually loved the app; its rating on the Mac App Store was a paltry 1.7 out of five stars prior to its removal. But many were still irked by the news.

“Twitter on the web is the worst experience out of all the ways to interact with the service. Twitter for Mac was my favourite. By far,” Michael Bratley wrote.

Some also asked Twitter to do a better job of opening up its APIs so those using third-party software can do as much on their desktop apps as they can on Twitter’s website.

“Terrible news. The browser experience is nowhere near enough to replace a good App. So you should provide even more features via the API so that good applications like @tweetbot and @Twitterrific continue to provide the best experience that exists in the use of Twitter,” wrote Antonio Fonseca.

Twitter still offers an official client for Windows, available for download in the Windows Store. It’s unclear if the company has any plans to kill off that one as well—which would create a more “consistent” experience across desktop platforms, certainly—or whether it will allow the app to live on.

We also don’t know if Twitter will even allow its desktop Mac app to view and send tweets after the company’s 30-day deadline. It’s possible that those who previously downloaded the app might still be able to use it; if not, they’ll have to switch to an alternative like Twitterific, Tweetbot, or Tweetdeck. (Since Tweetdeck is also a Twitter app, it’s possible that Twitter might soon cut that one as well.)

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