Twitter to close TweetDeck apps for Android, iPhone and AIR desktop

By on March 5, 2013, 8:30 AM

Twitter has announced plans to shut down TweetDeck apps for the iPhone and Android handsets in addition to shuttering the Adobe AIR desktop version according to a recent post on the company’s blog. Furthermore, Twitter says they will discontinue support for their Facebook integration.

We are told that the apps will be removed from their respective app stores in early May and will cease to function shortly thereafter. Users may notice intermittent outages between now and then, however, as v1.0 of Twitter’s API (which these services rely on) is being retired later this month.

Twitter says they have been focused on building a fast and feature-rich web application for modern browsers since acquiring TweetDeck in 2011 and the idea of doubling down on the TweetDeck web experience is a reflection of where power users are going.

The team says they have noticed a trend over the past few years of people using TweetDeck on their computers and Twitter on their mobile device. As such, they have invested heavily in Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android by adding features like photo filters and editing capabilities, revamping user profiles and enhancing search.

The company’s weekly web releases have only been possible due to the fact that they’ve nearly doubled the size of the TweetDeck team over the past six months and are still hiring.

As for closing the aforementioned services, the team offered their sincere apologies to those that are inconvenienced by the shift.




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2 people like this | TS-56336 TS-56336 said:

Tweetdeck AIR is still the best desktop client around, even though it hasn't seen an update in years...so of course that's the one Twitter decides to arbitrarily kill.

I hate this specifically because Tweetdeck was the only client I knew of that still told you what client the person tweeting was using (which is actually something I occasionally needed to know). It's the reason I'm still using the old AIR version. And since they got rid of that feature on their website, I now need to see if any other desktop Twitter client does that.

Between this and cutting off Falcon Pro after 100K users, I'm convinced that they don't really know what they're doing in regards to their API and their clients.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Man this sucks. I really liked tweetdeck air.

BlueDrake said:

AIR version was all I used also. I loved just how it works, compared to the not so interesting new versions. People literally were looking for the AIR version, and wanted to just dump that new client. It's no surprise with an old API to axe it, older tech doesn't always keep up. I'm really sad though this is being done, soon as I read the title I had to let others know.

Many people I chat with, love the TweetDeck AIR app honestly. It's really kinda upsetting to see it go.

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