We can’t be the only ones who cringe whenever companies send out press releases saying they hope customers are “as excited about the future” as they are. Those words almost invariably mean change is coming, and a popular product or service is going away.
Today, Twitter announced that it is stopping development of the TweetDeck apps for AIR, Android and iPhone to focus on the web versions of the popular Twitter client.
"Doubling down on TweetDeck web ex and discontinuing our app support is a reflection of where our TweetDeck power-users are going." Uh no.
— Matt Ortega (@MattOrtega) March 5, 2013
So, are users as “excited about what the future holds” as the TweetDeck team claims to be?
I have an ancient version of Tweetdeck Air. I knew that once Twitter bought Tweetdeck, they'd kill it. Ugh.
— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) March 4, 2013
Wait…Tweetdeck died? But I'm on Tweetdeck right now.
— BRODIGANe (@brodigan) March 5, 2013
I can't even think about this news that Twitter is killing tweetdeck for desktop. I love Tweetdeck.
— Katie Harbath (@katieharbath) March 5, 2013
I wouldn't mind so much about Tweetdeck for AIR being discontinued if the Chrome app actually worked.
— dawn m. armfield (@dawn_armfield) March 5, 2013
Twitter has to be the most self-destructive tech company to exist in decades.http://t.co/Tc966qxt7X
— Scott McDaniel (@mcdev) March 5, 2013
It's a shame Twitter decided to kill off Tweetdeck for iOS app. Another twitter client bites the dust.
— chadelle (@delleacious) March 5, 2013
— Corey Williams (@iamed_nc) March 5, 2013
Deep down in my black coal subversive heart, I hope this inspires someone to create a *true* Tweetdeck clone. (I do miss the font.)
— kady o'malley (@kady) March 5, 2013
They'll pry my #TweetDeck v0.37.6 from my cold, dead hands
— Micah White (@micahwhite) March 5, 2013
So the web app is exactly the same as Tweetdeck AIR but it'll clog our browsers and make access more difficult? Gee, thanks @tweetdeck !
— Jonathan Roorda (@Stranib) March 5, 2013
Will I use Twitter as much without Tweetdeck? Maybe, the thing I liked was Tweetdeck, because I sure as hell hate the Twitter web site.
— Bill Wolff (@billwolff) March 5, 2013
In all seriousness, I would pay money for @Tweetdeck if they could keep supporting the platform of my choice.
— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) March 5, 2013
So Twitter is truly killing Tweetdeck. I'd pay real money for a desktop app that manages Twitter & FB. Surely I'm not alone on this?
— Ariane (@shonias) March 5, 2013
— John Bowman (@johnbowman) March 5, 2013
@tweetdeck Congratulations! You have succeeded in driving me away from Tweetdeck entirely. Browser page is not what I want. Bye!
— Andi Mann (@AndiMann) March 5, 2013
Someone hold us and tell us everything is going to be all right.
I'm not gonna join this Tweetdeck rage brigade. I already switched to web-based Tweetdeck and Twitter for Android bc they are better.
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) March 4, 2013
Wow, https://t.co/5xBTYeqlkP is really nice. I don't think I'll miss Air-based Tweetdeck at all.
— Sam Bowne (@sambowne) March 5, 2013
Gawd. You "Internet people" are so resistant to change. Embrace Blue TweetDeck. It's really not that bad.
— Brian Ries (@moneyries) March 5, 2013
As a departing gift, might Twitter offer the source code? Probably not, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. #SaveTweetdeck, anyone?
— Kevin Mullett (@kmullett) March 5, 2013