As Agent Smith said so succinctly in The Matrix, “It is inevitable.” That is really the only response to the news that Twitter will close TweetDeck for Android, along with TweetDeck AIR and TweetDeck for iPhone, in May.
TweetDeck was a brilliant multi-platform, multi-account social networking suite that worked on the desktop and on smartphones. In fact, it was so good that Twitter bought it for $40 million back in May 2011. From that moment it was inevitable that the apps were doomed. Twitter already had apps for mobile and wants people to use the web to access its service from the desktop. It didn’t need a second set of mobile apps nor a desktop program.
According to the TweetDeck team they want to focus on developing a modern, web-based version of TweetDeck and are therefore discontinuing support TweetDeck for Android, TweetDeck AIR and TweetDeck for iPhone. They will all be removed from their respective app stores in early May and will stop working from then on. Any remaining users of TweekDeck for Android should get used to using another Twitter app from today onwards as the team also announced that with the retirement of Twitter’s v1.0 API, the engineers at Twitter will be performing occasional tests that will cause some outages even before the TweetDeck apps are discontinued. So basically it will become unreliable as from now.
The blog post by the TweetDeck team also mentions that it will discontinue support for Facebook integration which, since the two social networks are rivals, was inevitable!
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Now I’m on the hunt to find a new Twitter clinet for my phone and PC. TweakDeck or TweetDark might be the winners so far.