TweetDeck—which allows users to better manage their Twitter accounts—will be short an app. Today Twitter announced it would be ending the desktop version of TweetDeck for Windows. This means users will have to move to the web version if they still want the benefits of TweetDeck.
As is the case whenever one version of an app is discontinued, Twitter says the step is meant to allow the company to “better focus on enhancing” the TweetDeck experience on other platforms. Roughly three years ago Twitter ended TweetDeck on mobile—two years after picking up the app in 2011.
For those new to TweetDeck, as stated above it allows for users to manage their accounts and better view their timeline in real time by putting everything—timeline, activity, mentions, and lists—side by side in movable columns. It can be overwhelming at times—especially if you follow a large amount of active users on high traffic days such as community live tweeting of shows or major events. TweetDeck can be accessed by going to www.tweetdeck.com while signed into your Twitter account.
While you can pin TweetDeck to your toolbar as Twitter suggests, it is also available as app or plug-in on popular browsers. Twitter ends TweetDeck for Windows on April 15th.