If you are a big Twitter fan and use the awesome TweetDeck app on your iPhone or Android smart phone, here is a bad news. The company has announced yesterday that it is shutting down TweetDeck for both iOS and Android platforms. This is another move by the company is light of its monetization. So what to do without the awesome TweetDeck app? Well, the company is just shutting down the TweetDeck apps on these smart phones, not the whole TweetDeck.
This means that you will be able to use the web app version of the service and that is exactly what the micro blogging wants you to do. And it had recently announced that it will shut down support for third party Twitter extensions and plug ins as well, and many had thought that TweetDeck was one of them.
Anyway, the company explained this change and much more in a blog post, the excerpt of which is presented below.
“TweetDeck is the most powerful Twitter tool for tracking real-time conversations. Its flexibility and customizable layout let you keep up with what’s happening on Twitter, across multiple topics and accounts, in real time. To continue to offer a great product that addresses your unique needs, we’re going to focus our development efforts on our modern, web-based versions of TweetDeck. To that end, we are discontinuing support for our older apps: TweetDeck AIR, TweetDeck for Android and TweetDeck for iPhone. They will be removed from their respective app stores in early May and will stop functioning shortly thereafter. We’ll also discontinue support for our Facebook integration.
Over the past 18 months, we’ve been focused on building a fast and feature-richweb application for modern browsers, and a Chrome app, which offers some unique features like notifications. We’ve recently introduced many enhancements to these apps –– a new look and feel, tools like search term autocomplete and search filtersto help you find what you’re looking for more quickly, and automatically-updating Tweet streams so you immediately see the most recent Tweets. Our weekly web releases have been possible because we’ve nearly doubled the size of the TweetDeck team over the past six months (and we’re still hiring).”
Source: Giga Om