Do you use Tweetdeck to monitor Twitter? There are lots of other Twitter clients out there – Hootsuite is another highly useful one – but Tweetdeck which was born in the UK and then bought by Twitter a few years ago is the one that seems to be most popular this sided of The Pond at least.
So it is sad, and a little surprising then that Twitter seems to be stripping back the service. Apparently the company is to drop its support for some versions -namely TweetDeck Air, TweetDeck for Android and TweetDeck for iPhone apps and instead focus on the web version of the apps.
The app versions for both Mac and Windows PCs will remain but all the investment will be going in the direction of the web version.
The mobile app versions will be withdrawn from app stores in May and stop working soon after.
“In many ways, doubling down on the TweetDeck web experience and discontinuing our app support is a reflection of where our TweetDeck power-users are going. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a steady trend towards people using TweetDeck on their computers and Twitter on their mobile devices,” Twitter said in a blog post.
So is this sensible rationalisation? Or is Twitter needlessly running the service into the ground? To be honest I use the web version all the time and even though there have been times I have used the others – both apps and Windows – I can’t envisage using them in the future. Then however there are people who love the Tweetdeck phone apps who are going to be disappointed by this.
What do you think?