TweetDeck is still the most used third party Twitter client, with around 20% of Twitter users opting for the TweetDeck experience rather than the normal experience.
In the past few months, Twitter has went from a relaxed API manager to a strict API manager, stopping deployment of third party applications or at least lowering the amount they can do.
This is all due to Twitter’s growth and how the company sees the future, if 40% of Twitter users are connecting to the social network via a foreign third party application, it could look a little bad when the social network finally goes public.
TweetDeck was acquired by Twitter in 2011 for £25 million, after TweetDeck started flying up the charts for Twitter usage. We doubt Twitter will end the application support any time soon, even though they are currently stopping third party applications from using Twitter API so easily.
TweetDeck API development halted
Twitter announced TweetDeck AIR, Android and iPhone would be discontinued in the coming months and Facebook integration would stop.
The company states the reason for this purge is to make sure they are focusing on the core development of TweetDeck, as the vast majority of users seem to only want a web based experience.
Twitter will also be discontinuing support for v1 of Twitter’s API, which the AIR, Android and iOS applications all run. The TweetDeck apps will have major problems leading up to the final end date, sometime in May, because of the lack of support for v1.
One of the great features about TweetDeck is the ability to manage a lot of different accounts and even Facebook accounts, we are sad to see the support for Facebook will be discontinuing.
TweetDeck is built for core users and the best experiences will come on the web based applications, which Twitter will be doubling down on in the coming months.
Twitter will still be available for mobile and the company is working hard making their mobile applications a step above the rest, although in recent years they have not had the best success on mobile.
Future for TweetDeck
Twitter will not be shutting down TweetdDeck or try to dissesemble the team, it seems they have found a way to work harder on the places TweetDeck shines.
Some users may be disappointed with these changes, but in a business sense taking AIR, iOS and Android out of the equation will save the company a lot of time and money.
Instead of developing for AIR, iOS and Android, as well as for the web and Chrome, they can stick with the two platforms most used for TweetDeck.
Twitter claims they have made some great feats with the Chrome application and TweetDeck for the web that will keep everyone happy and that they will start working on new Windows 8 and Mac applications for release soon.