Twitter Kills Off TweetDeck for iPhone in Favor of Web Edition, Drops Facebook Integration

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Twitter has ended support for TweetDeck for iPhone, Android, and TweetDeck AIR, the company said in a blog posting today. TweetDeck first arrived on the iPhone back in 2009.

    Instead, Twitter is focusing development on its TweetDeck web app and Google Chrome apps, and secondarily on its native Mac and PC apps.

    Additionally, the company is dropping Facebook integration from all versions of TweetDeck.
    The company claims the web and Chrome apps will provide "the best TweetDeck experience yet", with those apps receiving new features first. The native Mac and PC apps will receive updates soon after.

    TweetDeck for Mac is a free download from the Mac App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Twitter Kills Off TweetDeck for iPhone in Favor of Web Edition, Drops Facebook Integration
  2. macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2011
    United Kingdom
    Did I read correctly, or does this tell me that I will be asked to update my TweetDeck for Mac in order to remove a feature?
  3. macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2009
    I understand dropping it as far as keeping up on software updates, but why drop features and throw it under the bus? Why not just leave it for what it is?

    Twitter isn't exactly a difficult process, I don't see why they couldn't keep up with both sides of the spectrum, also I would imagine people to tweet more so while they are out and about from their cell phones rather than their computers.. I can't imagine someone pulling out a laptop or running over to a computer every time to tweet something that just happened, but somebody will pull out their cell phone specifically just to tweet something.

  4. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 19, 2011
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 31, 2012
    Buffalo, NY
  6. macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    I understood Twitter's open animosity toward 3rd party clients now that they're trying to build walls and generate money.

    But killing off your own native smartphone app? Seriously?

    This isn't an April fool's joke or something? What on earth are they thinking?

    Am I missing something, or is it now possible for a web app on iOS to throw a push notification? If not, how is this anything but insane now that they're also killing 3rd party native clients?
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 2, 2010
    San Diego, CA
  8. macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire
  9. macrumors 6502


    May 11, 2002
    Is Twitter trying to kill their business?

    Twitter has a wide variety of client apps supporting their service. "We've decided we can make the best apps out there, so we're killing off other client apps by both not approving them and putting harsh limits on how many people they can support"

    And now "Well, we've decided to kill our best clients, you all will go to the website now"
  10. macrumors 6502


    Mar 30, 2006
    I for one am glad any time an AIR app dies. Adobe AIR itself needs to go next.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2011
    "I like what Twitter is doing." -said no one in the past 2 years
  12. macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Darkplace Hospital
    Facebook will die because it changes too much.
    Twitter will die because it's changing the wrong things.

    (FWIW I use both for business and pleasure)
  13. macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK
    Twitter baffle me. It's like everyone there in charge of software was dropped repeatedly on their heads.

    Killing off good clients to focus on inappropriate websites, making boneheaded changes to their own software (the new "improved" search, lol), abandoning their own software...
  14. macrumors 65816

    BJB Productions

    Nov 10, 2008
    Um, didn't they just abandon the Mac app? ...and now they're focusing on Mac apps? :confused:
  15. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    I haven't heard anyone complain about Facebook changing in a long time... I've almost always appreciated the changes, though.

    Twitter, on the other hand, has always struck me as pointless and silly. Maybe Facebook should offer a view where all you can see is the first 140 characters of all your friend's statuses... it'd amount to the exact same thing, minus hashtags and little else.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2012

    This is horrible news. I use Tweet Deck on my Iphone all the time. I like it a lot better than the official Twitter app. I also still use the Adobe Air version on my Mac Book. The non-air version is horrible. I just might delete my Twitter account once Tweet Deck stops working.:mad::confused::eek:
  17. macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2002
    Who is running Twitter now days? Steve Ballmer? :D

  18. macrumors 6502


    Mar 19, 2005
    Washington, DC
  19. macrumors 68020


    Sep 25, 2012
    Isn't there at least one other viable Twitter rival that can succeed and capture Twitter's disgruntled fanbase?

    Kinda like Pandora versus Spotify, direct competitors vying for the same space; if you have issues with one, then you defect to the other.
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2010
    Removing Facebook support? I may not like FB, but having it built in to TweetDeck was a lifesaver. I could just post to all of my required areas with one post instead of logging in to my different accounts. This is ridiculous.
  21. macrumors 65816

    Apr 7, 2010
    London, UK
    Used to enjoy interfacing with all my numerous Twitter, FB, & LinkedIn feeds on a single platform but can't see much point in continuing with the product if Twitter keeps on reducing the feature set.

    Probably time for me to seek other alternatives and perhaps an opportunity for some clever fellow to step into a possibly lucrative niche as TweetDeck once was before the Twitter acquisition.
  22. macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Darkplace Hospital
    In my case it was the addition (a while ago now) of showing what friends had liked, it just clutters up my feed with unnecessary gunk. IMO it needs streamlining now.
  23. macrumors 68040


    Apr 18, 2011
    That's because almost no one cares. As long as they can contact their friends that's all that matters. Sure I don't like the direction facebook is going, but they are not removing their core functionality like twitter is. Remove your own iPad client? Make it harder for 3rd party clients to access the twitter API? wtf? That's just suicide (in the long term) for twitter.
  24. macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2004
    Around the World
    Didn't FB tried that before?

    Didn't FB tried that before, only to get back to their iOS app?
    As it turn out their web version on a cell phone was crappy and unresponsive!
  25. macrumors 65816

    Nov 23, 2010

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