The TweetDeck team has posted an update on its blog informing users that TweetDeck for iPhone, Android and AIR will stop working from May 7th, as a part of its refocusing on webapps. Since these apps weren’t updated since quite sometime, they still rely on v1.0 of Twitter’s API which will soon be shutting down.
From the TweetDeck blog:
TweetDeck AIR, TweetDeck for Android and TweetDeck for iPhone will be removed from their respective app stores and will stop functioning on May 7. Our Facebook integration will also stop on May 7.
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.
While TweetDeck offers an alternative to its desktop AIR client users, mobile users have no way of getting access to their TweetDeck columns, a popular feature of the app. TweetDeck’s iPhone app hasn’t been updated since 2011, and isn’t optimised for the iPhone 5’s display either, so we don’t think many people used TweetDeck’s iPhone app anyway.
For users who do use the iPhone app even now, we think Tweetbot would be a good alternative, given its power-user features like streaming, muting, push notifications etc. Even if you intend to continue using the app till May 7th, note that there might be periods where Twitter will be conducting blackout tests for API v1, during which TweetDeck for iPhone will not work.