TweetDeck

TweetDeck, which has been owned and operated by Twitter itself since mid 2011, is closing down its Android and iPhone apps to focus on future development of its web app. The app itself hasn't seen an update or redesign in the Play Store since the end of 2011, but other developers have built on top of TweetDeck for much longer. In a post on its official blog, TweetDeck says that it will discontinue support for the apps in May by pulling them from their respective stores, and the apps will stop working short after. Some of the "blame" is put on Twitter's upcoming retirement of the v1.0 API, which the apps rely on, but it's a much bigger story than that.

This shutdown should come as no surprise considering the stagnation in development of the app and Twitter's move to cut down on third party Twitter client development. TweetDeck says as much in its post, where it notes that it has made "an increased investment in Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android", and that the combination of a better official Twitter app along with improvements to the TweetDeck web app will improve the experience for users.

Source: TweetDeck

 

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TweetDeck for Android is going the way of the Dodo

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Used to really like TweetDeck on mobile back before it got purchased by Twitter. Still use the web app daily because it works great for my needs.

Twitter has a LONG way to go though with their official app before I will use it again.

There is still Tweakdeck, a clone of Tweetdeck in the market.

I latched on to it because it uses so little memory, which my prior phone was very short of.
Since all I use it for is news, i don't need much but it does everything I need.

First twitter limited tokens to Dev twitter skin apps, cause they can't figure out how to make money off Devs apps, now twitter is canceling it's own app for twitter.

Twitter could not make money if they owned and operated a Federal Mint

First twitter limited tokens to Dev twitter skin apps, cause they can't figure out how to make money off Devs apps, now twitter is canceling it's own app for twitter.

Twitter could not figure out how to make money if they owned and operated a Federal Mint

Devs for twitter skins charge $1-2 per apps, twitter should allow unlimited tokens and just license out each token .25 a pop and everyone makes some coin

I'm the kind of person who tends to only use official, non-third-party (first party?) apps, and with this, juggling three separate Twitter accounts for myself and organizations I belong to just got a lot harder. I use the web version too, but the mobile version, no matter how sucky, comes in handy on the go. Sure, ditch support, but at least leave the already-downloaded apps functional and usable.

If you juggle multiple accounts, the official app is not what you want. Use any of the well recommended apps.
Tweakdeck is a close replacement. Free.

Slowly I am moving away from Twitter. Google+ is filling the needs of Twitter more and more. Twitter's token rule is garbage and hurting the ecosystem.

Doing us a favor by getting rid of this app. It hasn't been useful since it was originally released.

Plume is a MUCH better solution and won't be using the official app anytime soon.

Plume at least does Facebook and Twitter. You could hit up the devs and ask for Foursquare support. Who knows ... they may do it. :)

I used the web app a few times. Don't really sit in front of the computer much so it sucks they're pulling the app and not focusing on updating it.

I always thought that Twitter should have used TweetDeck for android and their official app for iOS.

The app was excellent when it was first released. Then Twitter bought them out and killed it. Tweakdeck fills my needs for now, no other twitter app fills that nitch.