TweetDeck is getting some very necessary basic features of Twitter, the company announced today, which include native support for GIF, polls and emoji. These features have long been part of the desktop version of Twitter and, before it closed last year, the dedicated version of the Mac application. But TweetDeck has languished for years on the periphery of the roadmap. Twitter products, receiving new features late or not.
Now, after surveying users yesterday about the missing features of the people they would most like to see incorporated in TweetDeck, the company said it will bring the new elements mentioned above, as well as support for threads and tagging of images to TweetDeck. It's just a test for now, but we should expect new features to arrive sometime in the next few months.
Guess what? You're lucky! As of today, we are testing a new way to tweet, now with the ability to add GIF, threads, polls, emoji and tagged images through TweetDeck
– TweetDeck (@TweetDeck) May 16, 2019
It's not that TweetDeck is really suffering from not having these features. After all, you can drop the emoji that you copy from another text field, and you can drag GIF files from your desktop if you wish. You can also create a survey from the desktop version of the site, which you could see in TweetDeck (but not create) since June 2017 . But it is a goodwill gesture of Twitter to bring these features to TweetDeck, if only to show that the application is still in good condition.
Twitter has had the habit of buying products, incorporating main functions into its main application, and then eliminating or ignoring the services that made those functions popular in the first place. Take Vine and his eventual demise as a good example of the biggest missed opportunity of Twitter or Periscope as his most out of style.
But TweetDeck, which the company acquired in 2011, has remained a kind of bastion of alternative use of Twitter that inexplicably is not affected by the wishes and the company's main needs. It is not known when or if Twitter will ever bring down the application. But ads like these give dedicated TweetDeck users some hope that the day, at least, does not happen soon.