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Twitter has announced that it is discontinuing TweetDeck application for iOS, Android and Desktop (Air) but its web based version will be available. TweetDeck is a very popular Twitter client which also integrates Facebook in its application.
The company says that TweetDeck Air, TweetDeck for Android and TweetDeck for iPhone rely on version 1.0 of Twitter’s API which they are retiring starting this month. Twitter’s platform team will be performing certain tests which are going to affect the applications relying on API version 1.0, which will lead to outages. Those applications will eventually be removed from the stores in May and will later completely stop functioning. The team apologizes to its users owing to the inconvenience that this “shift” will cause.
The web version remains unaffected and available to all users. TweetDeck team states that they are currently focusing on the enhancements of its web application along with an app for Chrome, “which offers some unique features like notifications”. The web application offers a new look and feel along with enhanced features such as search term auto-complete and search filters, and automatically-updating Tweet streams. The company says that they were able to enhance the web features as they have doubled the size of the team which was working on it and are in fact still hiring people.
TweetDeck is not the only twitter client out there. There are some pretty good alternatives too. You can also check HootSuite, available for Desktop and Phone. Echofon is another nice app for iPhone, Mac, Windows, and Firefox. There’s Twitterrific and TwitterFeed and some others.
TweetDeck was acquired by Twitter in May 2011 who complete redesigned it. Twitter was not the only social network integrated in TweetDeck. It later went on to support Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Foursquare and Google Buzz. However, in 2012, it stopped providing support to all other Social Networks except for Twitter and Facebook, as it had originally started with.