Twitter has announced that it will be discontinuing several TweetDeck apps in favor of the web client. The Android, iPhone, and Air-based desktop clients will all be affected. They will be removed from their respective stores in early May, and stop functioning shortly thereafter. We all knew this was coming.
The apps rely on version 1.0 of Twitter’s API, which has been replaced by 1.1, so the company warns that performance may be sporadic until it stops offering the products altogether.
In a blog post, the TweetDeck team says that in order 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.”
We think these web and Chrome apps provide the best TweetDeck experience yet, and that they are the apps in which you’ll want to see us add new capabilities first, followed closely by our Mac and PC apps.
I predicted this in 2011, shortly after rumors of Twitter’s TweetDeck acquisition started circulating. I stated that Twitter is no longer interested in supporting third-party tools, calling the acquisition “an act of demolition, not expansion.” Naturally, Twitter waited a while before giving TweetDeck the boot—but this was certainly the intention from the beginning, with the same motives all along.
The team acknowledges that not all users will be happy with this change and apologizes to those affected. At least the web app will live on, which is more than I anticipated.