Twitter kills TweetDeck for iPhone, Android & AIR

Twitter has decided to kill several editions of their popular TweetDeck app to focus on developing "modern, web based" versions, with the iPhone, Android and AIR editions biting the dust. The references to these apps have already been removed from the TweetDeck website, and the apps will be removed from their respective stores in early May, before they cease to work entirely.

Twitter and the TweetDeck team believe the official Twitter apps on Android and iOS will suffice for users, with more users switching to these apps in favor of TweetDeck as new features have been added (such as photo filters). TweetDeck are now focusing their efforts on the web and Chrome versions of the app - editions which will get features first - while the Mac and PC apps will also continue to be developed.

TweetDeck was acquired in May 2011 by Twitter for around $40 million, and at one point commanded a significant amount of market share for posting updates to the service. Since the acquisition, numerous features have been removed, and with today's update it looks like the client will return to being Twitter-only, as Facebook integration will be discontinued.

Source: TweetDeck

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Shame, i used Tweetdeck so i can view a combined view of my twitter and facebook accounts so i don't have to check two apps.

Anyone know of an alternative that allows me to do similar but also looks minimal?

I think many of us saw this coming. :-(

It was no longer a very active project once Twitter bought it. Also, one of the main features of it besides the column view was cross-posting to Facebook and reading Facebook posts in a unified timeline.

As if Twitter would enjoy that...

so twitter kills it's own client and limits other twitter apps to 100k users? Where the heck is the logic behind all these decisions?

link6155 said,
so twitter kills it's own client and limits other twitter apps to 100k users? Where the heck is the logic behind all these decisions?
Finding a way to make money.

Honestly, if they can't control the display of their data to get Ads in front of users then they can't monetize what they're doing. I've been amazed at the way they turned themselves into a free repository of all of this data.

The question is, will they be able to do it or will they kill their platform trying to find a way to fund it through revenue rather than VCs.

link6155 said,
so twitter kills it's own client and limits other twitter apps to 100k users? Where the heck is the logic behind all these decisions?

The point is to nudge users to their one and only official Twitter app on the respective platforms. Then they can introduce ads as they wish on these platforms.

This can take a bad turn though, since Twitter evolved from being open. It wouldn't have been as popular as it is today if it had been closed with no Twitter API. So Twitter basically have a culture among many of their users that they dislike today.

This is disappointing, the official Twitter apps don't allow you post to multiple accounts at once, and isn't nearly as easy to use to follow multiple accounts. You can only work with one account at a time. Are there other iOS options out there that offer similar features?

I used to use tweetdeck, but this is before tweetbot was released. Tweetbot is miles ahead and twitteriffic new version is better and better as well.

Since the acquisition, numerous features have been removed,

yeah,
experience tell me that its retarded to update installed product that have been accquired by other companies, the new updates will have less quality in most case.

Sucks to have to avoid hitting the "Update all" button and hit the individual update buttons for each app (in iOS anyway). Wish there were a way to just ignore an update so that I could still use "Update all".

My sentiments. exactly.

I'll keep using v0.38.2 until the bitter end.

What a bunch of ****s.

Edited by FiB3R, Mar 5 2013, 1:10am :

So... I just tried out the latest version of the desktop app, and I have to admit, it is much improved since the last time I tried it.

Maybe it's not the end of the world after all.

I use tweetdeck for on android for managing 3 twitter streams and facebook, does normal twitter do that? no!

Are they completely retarded? TweetDeck was the best thing out there. Seems they only bought it so they could kill it off slowly.