Twitter has announced big changes coming to their TweetDeck client. The company is to drop support for its TweetDeck Air, TweetDeck for Android and TweetDeck for iPhone apps in a move to focus more closely on the web version of the apps.
Windows and Mac versions will remain active, but will play second fiddle to the web version which will receive all new future features first.
The outgoing three apps will be removed from app store fronts come early May, and will stop working shortly after. Users clinging on to the apps will experience intermittent service outages until the apps are eventually shutdown for good.
They’re not the only things to be going – TweetDeck is also to drop Facebook integration, following on from the removal of LinkedIn and Myspace support last summer.
“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.
Despite the shutdowns, TweetDeck appears to be in rude health, with Twitter stating they’ve doubled the size of the TweetDeck team over the past six months whilst still being on the lookout for more developers.
TweetDeck began life as a UK start-up founded in 2008, by Ian Dodsworth, and was later acquired for the princely sum of £25 million in cash and stock by Twitter.