If you are a hardcore twitter user you must have heard about TweetDeck. But if you are not aware of it, TweetDeck is a feature-rich dashboard social media management application which is used to manage Facebook and twitter. With 23% of market share in June 2009, it was the most popular twitter app. This app is compatible with different operating systems include Windows, iOS, Android, Linux and FreeBSD. User interface of the application is consisting of series of customizable columns which display the option to tweet or share Facebook status.
Twitter acquired TweeDeck back in 2001 from UberMedia and since then there were many rumors about the service stoppage of the application. Finally the time has come and twitter decided to discontinue Tweetdeck for Android, iPhone and AIR.
The Real Story
Discontinuation of the apps announced by twitter include TweetDeck for Android, TweetDeck Air and TweetDeck for iPhone. This all is planned to focus on twitter’s web based TweetDeck services. There is good news for Windows and Mac users that they will still be able to use TweetDeck apps.
The management of twitter says that the app will be removed from the marketplaces like app store, Google play etc. At the time of removal there will be much distraction in usage of apps. This all process will start in May 2013. Along with this the twitter team will also remove Facebook integration from the apps.
It doesn’t mean that twitter is making people angry by discontinuing their app; actually they are justifying their action by giving a lot of more options in their web based service.
In many ways, doubling down on the Tweet Deck web experience and discontinuing our app support is a reflection of where our TweetDeck power-users are going. Over the past few years, we have seen a steady trend towards people using TweetDeck on their computers and Twitter on their mobile devices.
Twitter said in a blog post.
The TweetDeck team nowadays seems to be more active than ever, even with the closing of apps. Twitter itself says that they have doubled the size of its team and also further hiring. Twitter says that they will further enhance their web service on their respective handsets.
TweetDeck was founded in 2008 by Iain Dodsworth. It was later bought by Twitter in £25 million in cash and twitter stock but Dodsworth later left the company.
Customer Reviews about this action
Majority of the customers are not happy with this action. Android and iOS fans are especially little bit worried because of closing of apps while least people are not bothered by this action. Some of the people are happy because of the announcement of twitter to enhance and add much features in their web based TweetDeck service.