07
May
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It's a sad day for TweetDeck lovers, boys and gals. As of now, the Android, iOS, and Air versions of the app are no more.

Upsetting as it may be, this shouldn't come as much of a shock to anyone – Twitter announced it would be retiring these now-defunct options back at the beginning of March. Mobile users are, of course, encouraged to switch to the official Twitter app, while desktop users have the option of either TweetDeck's standalone application or its browser-based tool.

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This doesn't just mark the death of those TD variants, either – Facebook integration has now been canned, as well. Sadface.

Of course, there are some great alternatives out there to fill the gap now present in your digital life. On Android, it's hard to beat Falcon Pro – it's been my go-to Twitter client since it hit the scene. On the desktop, the Chrome app has quickly replaced TD Yellow (the old Air app) for me. To make it feel more native, you can also "pin" it to the desktop by right clicking on the TD icon (on the Chrome new tab page) and selecting "Create Shortcuts." The Chrome app has actually outpaced the native app's development over the last several weeks, so this is a great option for anyone who wants the latest features TD has to offer but doesn't want to feel confined to a browser.

Before you get started on the path of healing and acceptance, however, let's all take a moment of silence to remember our good friends TweetDeck mobile and Air.

RIP, Yellow.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • mikeGsays

    No, it isn't a sad day.... when they made the announcement, it was a sad day, when I was forced to switch to Hootsuite, it was a sad day, but today is just another day! Screw them for forcing people to switch, I did and never looked back

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    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yeah, now I'm kind of confused here what the API shutdown means for existing apps and users downloading apps they don't have installed yet. It's possible that everything is extended till June 11th. It's also possible that the apps will be removed today but existing ones will continue working. Or everything will stop working.

      The yellow Tweetdeck AIR Windows client now shows that it's no longer supported and yesterday was showing May 7th as the shutdown date.

      What a mess. And a sad departure, I still can't get used to the blue client.

  • Danny Holyoake

    "To make it feel more native, you can also "pin" it to the desktop by right clicking on the TD icon (on the Chrome new tab page) and selecting "Create Shortcuts."

    I don't seem to have this option on Chrome Stable.

  • http://twitter.com/artesea Ryan Cullen

    The old API has been given another month before it's switched off. I'm not sure how Twitter could stop users of the old Tweetdeck from continuing to use it for the rest of the May, unless it has a built in expiry date that I'm not aware of.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      There was a message that showed up in yellow TD that said it was done for, and knowing that there is such a thing as a TD login, I thought they would be able to lock us out by not letting us into the app.

  • Abhigyan Banerjee

    Twitter's logic: Buy great startups like TweetDeck and Posterous, then shut them down.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It was a talent acquisition and a removal of someone they at the time viewed as a potential competitor and a company that diluted Twitter's value/importance by bundling it with other services in one app. They killed (literally) two birds with one stone by buying them.

      • xmichaelx

        No need to be a Twitter apologist -- they don't care. They could have removed the Facebook integration and still kept the other great features of Tweetdeck, or at least pulled them into the native Twitter client.

        There's a serious lack of vision at Twitter. Even the native client has languished, and is inferior to dozens of other Twitter apps.

        • Floss

          Did you even bother to read his post before replying? Being an apologist implies that he was painting their reasoning in a falsely positive light, which he wasn't. He was being blunt that they were trying to remove competition, not help out their users.

      • Abhigyan Banerjee

        It might make great business sense for them, sure. But it hasn't pleased a lot of avid TweetDeck users. Sure, there're always alternatives AND the official Twitter client (sic), but we all know how hard it is to let go of old habits.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

    Tweetdeck for Android was never all that polished I gave it up before the acquisition. Although I do still use Tweetdeck for Chrome. Hopefully they will continue support there.

  • Sinistar83

    So I have been using tweetdeck app to get hourly updates pushed to my phone for twitter and fb. Is there a comparable app that does twitter, fb, and Google+ thats any good?

  • Hothfox

    I've just been using the native TweetDeck application. I thought that totally replaced the Air version way back when.

  • Mikey_H

    The removal of fb integration is the last straw, that was the last reason for me to keep using tweetdeck on desktop. I've still got tweakdeck on the phone (although i started using tweetcaster as my main app when i heard the api was getting cut) but twitter really are sticking it to the loyal base of tweetdeck fans.

    What other alternatives to tweetdeck are there on the desktop that have fb and, AND allow you to post bitly links, change the size and order of columns and allow the dran'n'drop of images? (this is the main reason why i still continue to use the 0.38.3 version on windows)

    I don't see why twitter just didn't replace their main app with tweetdeck when they purchased them.

    Bastards!

  • Rob Barber-Delach

    Yes, a sad day. At one point a couple years ago I put Tweetdeck at the top of my list of my favorite apps. It improved my mobile productivity tremendously.

    I still wish for an app that comes close to Tweetdeck and also integrates Google+... maybe someday...

  • http://4LadyDi.blogpsot.com/ Lady Di

    I'm going to try this TweetDeck for Chrome mentioned in here but I, like Artem, remember the yellow days too. The upside down bird made me laugh but yet sad as I was happy to have both a desktop and mobile app from the same source. I have too switched to Falcon Pro which is great except I want multi account support. Other than that, I don't miss TD as this knocks birdy off it's lil perch.

    As for the desktop version, it has added some useful features but NOTHING beats yellow. I will use TDD until...

  • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

    This kind of behavior is one of the major reasons I've essentially stopped using Twitter.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    TD Yellow still works, looks like June 11th it is then.

    Tweetdeck for Android is gone though (https://play.google.com/store/search?c=apps&q=tweetdeck).

    What a mess.