Now this is annoying. We’ve long been fans of the versatile Android, iOS, and desktop client TweetDeck which immediately became our Twitter client of choice years ago.
In May 2011, Twitter bought up the UK-developed app for £25 million, raising expectations that development was going to continue with gusto.
And then… nothing.
After buying the company, Twitter elected to completely neglect the app, offering no updates or improvements, and today they have announced that they’re killing off Tweetdeck altogether.
The company has stated that they will be removing the app from the Play Store and App Store, deactivating Facebook integration, and then proceeding to wipe all trace of this once killer app from the face of the earth.
Twitter say that their attention will now be solely on the web-based version of TweetDeck, with the AIR, Android, and iOS versions all lobbed unceremoniously in the bin, with the apps soon becoming useless.
Additionally, TweetDeck AIR, TweetDeck for Android and TweetDeck for iPhone rely on v1.0 of Twitter’s API, which we are retiring starting this month. Leading up to that retirement, Twitter’s platform team will be performing occasional tests that will affect applications that rely on API v1.0. Over the next two months users of TweetDeck AIR, TweetDeck for Android and TweetDeck for iPhone may experience some outages with those apps before they are removed from their respective app stores in early May.