When on 19th of last month the Tweetdeck team announced improvements to Tweetdeck’s web presence and it’s Google Chrome app no one smelt a rat or least of all thought that the worst would come to Tweetdeck’s popular Android, iPhone and desktop Adobe Air applications a few days later. Yet that is what exactly happened today when the Tweetdeck team announced that they’ll be wrapping up the Tweetdeck Android, iPhone apps and the adobe Air-based desktop client in early May.
In February the Tweetdeck team announced a few updates to the web and the Chrome app of Tweetdeck that allowed users the ability to search for specific phrases from their Tweetdeck columns with options to choose whether to view tweets that have the searched for phrase only or those that are media rich. This was an early sign of things to come that was overlooked. With effect from the start of May only the Chrome app and the web version of Tweetdeck will remain as Twitter discontinues its other apps and removes them from the respective app stores.
I don’t know if it is a coincidence but these news reached me through Tweetdeck web. I’m a big fan of both the Chrome app and the web version of Tweetdeck and I believe Twitter (who acquired Tweetdeck sometimes back) trying to focus on those two versions is a good thing since they are lighter and not heavy on my bundles like the Android app and the desktop were. I however feel that Twitter should’ve tried to make those apps lighter and even more attractive (Despite the desktop app getting a visual facelift, the Android app had remained in a neglected state for long and never got any love from the new owners). However with the way it changed its API rules and putting lots of limitations to all other apps apart from its own apps, Twitter was bound to do this as it seeks to ensure everyone uses its official apps for both a unified experience and also as a way of leveraging on revenue with sponsored tweets and trends.
RIP Tweetdeck for desktop, iPhone and Android