Twitter users who rely on the dashboard app TweetDeck to manage their accounts are being left frustrated this morning.
The widely-used app appears to have crashed worldwide, although Twitter itself now looks to be functioning, following its own issues at the weekend.
TweetDeck users took to Twitter to share their anger, with one sarcastically posting ‘Thanks for an awesome tweetdeck’ with a shot of the app’s broken interface.
Another person claimed the only column working for them on TweetDeck is for Twitter CEO Elon Musk’s tweets.
It follows Musk’s plans to limit the amount of tweets users can see on the platform if they are not signed up for Twitter’s paid subscription service.
Users took to Twitter to share their anger, with one sarcastically posting ‘Thanks for an awesome tweetdeck’ with a shot of the broken TweetDeck interface
Another person said the only column working for them on TweetDeck is for Twitter CEO Elon Musk’s tweets
TweetDeck appears to have crashed worldwide, although the main Twitter website looks to be functioning without issues
TweetDeck was acquired by Twitter for $40 million in 2011 after operating as its own independent application.
It consists of a series of customisable columns, which can be set up to display a user’s Twitter timeline, mentions, direct messages, hashtags or even all tweets by a single user.
TweetDeck is designed for desktop and typically displays many tweets on the screen at any one time – usually 20 or even more.
So it’s possible Monday’s problems are related to Musk’s new measures to limit the amount of tweets people can see if they are not paying for Twitter.
One user questioned ‘if Elon has killed off TweetDeck’ which would no longer make Twitter ‘a place for breaking news’.
They continued: ‘I’d actually pay for a stupid blue tick if it granted TweetDeck access.’
Another asked: ‘Did Musk destroyed #Tweetdeck in his Idiocy?’
Yet another person having issues posted a screenshot of their TweetDeck showing only Musk’s tweets appearing.
They posted it with the caption: ‘One Tweetdeck column is now working. Just one. Guess which one?’
It’s already known the billionaire CEO created a special system to show users all his tweets first, after a tweet about the Super Bowl didn’t do as well as he had hoped.
Has Elon Musk’s tinkering with the platform caused a slew of technical glitches?
It’s unclear if the outage is related to changes introduced by Twitter and announced by Musk at the weekend
Elon Musk – who regularly takes to Twitter to provide updates about the platform – is yet to comment on the outage.
A multitude of changes introduced by Musk since he took over Twitter in October are thought to be part of attempts to get users to subscribe to Twitter Blue, the platform’s monthly subscription service.
In the UK, Twitter Blue costs £9.60 per month for desktop and £11 for iOS and Android and adds a blue tick next to a user’s name, to indicate that their account is ‘verified’.
Other features that are exclusive to Twitter Blue subscribers include the ability to edit tweets, undo a tweet immediately after posting it and post tweets up to 280 characters.
Now, Musk has revealed that non-Twitter Blue subscribers are limited to reading 600 tweets per day, compared with 6,000 for subscribers.
Meanwhile, newly-created Twitter accounts that are unverified can see even fewer tweets – only up to 300 per day.
He said the new limits would ‘address extreme levels of data scraping and system manipulation’ but called them ‘temporary’.
Musk announced measures to limit the amount of tweets people can see if they are not paying for Twitter
It comes after problems with the main Twitter site at the weekend, sending millions of users into overdrive as they were left unable to search the site.
Users were told that their ‘rate limit’ was exceeded, although it is unclear what exactly this meant and what caused the issue to occur.
It follows a Twitter outage in June, another outage at the start of May, and two outages in the first week of March alone.
Since mass staff layoffs at Twitter, experts have raised questions about the ability of Musk and the skeleton staff to keep the site online – which Musk has routinely denied.
In an interview with the BBC in April, Musk confirmed that about 80 per cent of Twitter staff have been axed since he took over at the helm – including Twitter’s global communications team.
Timeline of Elon Musk’s eventful time at Twitter so far
October 27: Musk is officially made the new owner of Twitter, and tweets ‘the bird is freed’.
November 1: Musk confirms plans to change the system of ‘Blue Tick’ verification on Twitter, for a reduced subscription fee of $8 a month.
November 4: Musk lays off half of Twitter’s workforce as an alleged cost-cutting measure, claiming he had ‘no choice’.
November 9: Musk launches the ‘Twitter Blue’ subscription service which verifies accounts for a monthly fee.
November 11: The Twitter Blue service is paused due to accounts purchasing verification and using it to impersonate brands and public figures.
November 12: Musk fires 80 per cent of Twitter contractors without warning.
November 15: Musk fires employees that posted negatively about him on the business messaging app Slack. The lawsuit between Musk and Twitter is dismissed.
November 16: Twitter staff are told they need to sign a pledge to be able to stay on in their roles where they would be ‘working long hours at high intensity’ or receive three months of severance pay, resulting in a mass exodus.
November 18: A news-ticker was projected onto Twitter HQ in San Francisco dubbing Musk as a ‘space Karen’, ‘mediocre manchild’ and ‘bankruptcy baby’.
November 23: A Twitter user reported that 5.4 million phone numbers and email addresses leaked on the dark web, before his account was suspended.
November 26: Financial Times revealed that 50 of the platform’s top 100 advertisers have paused their ads.
November 29: Platformer reported that Twitter is in the process of reinstating around 62,000 banned accounts that each have more than 10,000 followers.
December 12: Twitter Blue is re-launched with new Blue Tick reviewing process.
January 11: Twitter starts automatically redirecting users to the ‘For You’ tab – its algorithmic feed of tweets – every time they open the app.
February 8: Twitter expands the character limit to 4,000 for Twitter Blue subscribers in the US. Shortly after, the site encounters technical difficulties.
February 12: Musk orders staff to revamp Twitter’s tweet promotion algorithm after his Super Bowl tweet didn’t get enough impressions.
February 15: Twitter announces it will remove SMS two-factor authentication (2FA) from the free version of Twitter – a decision a security expert labelled ‘absurd’ that will lead to ‘so many accounts hacked’.
February 25: Twitter reveals a fresh round of layoffs that brought its workforce down to under 2,000 – a sharp fall from the 7,500 employed when the billionaire first took over in October.
March 28: Musk announces it will stop people from voting in Twitter polls or having their tweets appear in the For You tab if they do not pay for Twitter Blue.
April 11: Musk gives an interview with the BBC at Twitter’s San Francisco HQ.