For those of you who don’t know what Tweetdeck is, this probably won’t even concern you, but we’ll fill you in anyways. Also: where have you been?
Tweetdeck is a social media dashboard application for management of Twitter and Facebook accounts. Not unlike the many other Twitter applications, it interfaces with the Twitter API (application programming interface) to allow users to send and receive tweets and view profiles. According to Sysomos, Tweetdeck was the most popular Twitter application with a 23% market share as of June 2009, following only the official Twitter website with a 45.7% share for posting new status updates. That is, until Twitter went all control freak and decided to kill off the application all together.
So now we get to why we’re here: to mourn the loss of the once popular, soon to die Twitter app. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Twitter has announced that it is indeed killing off TweetDeck’s mobile and desktop apps, along with cutting Facebook integration, in order to concentrate on “modern, web-based versions.”
Twitter revealed that it will be discontinuing support for Tweetdeck on AIR, Android, and iPhone stores as soon as early May. These particular apps work on an older version of the Twitter application programming interface, which will be retired this month. As a result of this, the apps will stop working soon after they are removed from the stores. Thanks for the heads up, Twitter.
While this is a bit depressing to the loyal users of Tweetdeck, we have been reassured that the TweetDeck team intends to concentrate instead on its Web and Chrome apps. Not all is lost! That is, acccording to its blog, Twitter will rally around the “modern, web-based version of TweetDeck – namely TweetDeck for web and TweetDeck the Chrome app. TweetDeck’s native Mac and PC clients will survive, though Twitter is intending to focus its efforts on the other versions. While none of the leftover options are devastating, it has definitely left little for the choosing nowadays.
Another update for web and Chrome TweetDecks – Wider Columns, bigger and smaller fonts, and faster keyboard scrolling tweetdeck.posterous.com/wider-columns-…
— TweetDeck (@TweetDeck) February 21, 2013
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