MICROBLOGGING SERVICE Twitter has announced that Tweetdeck, a company that it acquired two years ago, will tweet no more as a business.
Twitter acquired Tweetdeck in May 2011 for over $40m in cash and stock, and its death has been a long and drawn out demise. Last month Tweetdeck dropped support for iOS and Android, and this month we learn that the business has been dissolved.
"Tweetdeck the product continues to thrive as part of Twitter, but the old Tweetdeck company has been dormant for some time, with no outstanding liabilities; hence our agreement with the move to dissolve it," said the firm in a statement.
Tweetdeck, which has been struck off as a business because of repeated failures to file accounts at Companies House, has been a shell for years, and Twitter pretty much wrapped the standalone app into its own system after the acquisition.
Web users are unlikely to be affected by the business closure as it appears to have been purely an administrative or procedural thing.
Reports that it was close to being struck off have bounced around for some months, and concerned the firm's apparent inability to file accounts at Companies House.
Mobile Tweetdeck users are doomed, though. The firm stopped supporting the Android and iOS versions on 7 May, as it said that it would. Support for the Facebook app is also being stopped.
Twitter is pushing users towards alternative web based versions of the software. "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. To that end, we are discontinuing support for our older apps: Tweetdeck AIR, Tweetdeck for Android and Tweetdeck for iPhone," it said in April.
"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. 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." µ