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TweetDeck Now Hidden Behind a Paywall

Twitter has just dealt a devastating blow to its loyal users by unveiling the so-called "new" version of TweetDeck. In a tweet from Twitter's support account, the company announced the launch of this supposedly improved platform, claiming it would address the issues plaguing TweetDeck. However, there's a heart-wrenching catch: TweetDeck will soon become an exclusive feature for verified accounts, and the only way to access it will be through a paid subscription to Twitter Blue.

Despite being in the preview phase for nearly two years, this updated iteration of TweetDeck has failed to live up to expectations. According to reliable sources within Twitter, all users will be forced to switch to the new version, leaving many bewildered by the changes. Numerous individuals, including myself, have already experienced the frustration of using the old interface, with columns endlessly displaying a frustrating "Loading..." message. 

Twitter employees shed some light on the problems with the previous TweetDeck version, debunking the theory that rate limits were the root cause. It turns out that Twitter's removal of legacy APIs to combat data scraping is to blame for the issues. One employee clarified, "Rate limits only apply to new TweetDeck and Twitter. Legacy TweetDeck uses legacy APIs, and those have been removed to reduce scraping." Another employee emphasized that the problems were "definitely not related to the rate limit."

The implementation of this forced switch will begin in the coming week, which has triggered a wave of pleas from users begging Twitter not to proceed. I can only hope that Twitter has made significant improvements since then, but my optimism is limited. It's disheartening to note that the official TweetDeck account has been silent since August.

When contacted for a comment, Twitter's press email resorted to an auto-reply featuring a poop emoji—an utterly disrespectful gesture that has been in place since March.

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