MICROBLOGGING WEBSITE Twitter announced on Monday that it is killing off Tweetdeck for iOS and Android.
As a bit of background, Twitter acquired Tweetdeck in May 2011 for over $40M in cash and stock. The move to pull the plug on the service's apps sees the social network growing increasingly protective of its API - and the firm attempting to limit users to its own iOS and Android apps and web interface.
Twitter announced on Monday that it plans to discontinue the Tweetdeck apps for iOS and Android in May, as well as Tweedeck AIR and its Facebook integration.
"To continue to offer a great product that addresses your unique needs, we're going to focus our development efforts on our modern, web-based versions of Tweetdeck," Twitter said in a blog post. "To that end, we are discontinuing support for our older apps: Tweetdeck AIR, Tweetdeck for Android and Tweetdeck for iPhone."
"They will be removed from their respective app stores in early May and will stop functioning shortly thereafter. We'll also discontinue support for our Facebook integration."
While this news likely will irk thousands of loyal Tweetdeck users, Twitter has promised that it's not the end for the service. Instead, it suggests that the future of Tweetdeck is all about web-based services, in particular integration with Google's Chrome web browser.
"Over the past 18 months, we've been focused on building a fast and feature-rich Web application for modern browsers, and a Chrome app, which offers some unique features like notifications," Twitter said.
"We've recently introduced many enhancements to these apps - a new look and feel, tools like search term autocomplete and search filters to help you find what you're looking for more quickly, and automatically-updating Tweet streams so you immediately see the most recent Tweets." µ
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