TweetDeck is a well-known product for many diehard (otherwise known as “power”) users of the popular micro-blogging platform service, Twitter.
So in less than 140 characters, let’s explain the situation: “TweetDeck fails to file financial records, gets ‘dissolved’ by Cardiff-based Companies House”.
Let’s go a little more in-depth. Twitter first bought TweetDeck Ltd in 2011 for a reportedly cool £25 million deal from programmer Iain Dodsworth, maybe going so far as to show how integral the software may have been for Twitter’s future.
TweetDeck provided many happy years of social networking for thousands of users, being known for its capabilities above over clients including being able to control and monitor multiple “columns” of tweets at once, alongside Facebook integration.
For whatever reason, likely the push of the official client, Twitter has decided to close down TweetDeck as of June 11. Many users are dismayed at this, especially in regards to how many people think Twitter’s own app solution falls short in many ways.
According to San Francisco-based Twitter, much of the functionality provided by TweetDeck is in fact now incorporated within Twitter’s main structure.
A spokesperson told Sky News: “TweetDeck the product continues to thrive as part of Twitter, but the old TweetDeck company has been dormant for some time, with no outstanding liabilities; hence our agreement with the move to dissolve it.”
Twitter itself missed two deadlines in September and December 2012, being fined £375 by Companies House each time. Twitter, who runs their UK business out of Dublin, finally filed their documents whereas TweetDeck did not.
According to Companies House, 99.1% of businesses have up-to-date filings.
It’s not just users that have been disappointed in Twitter’s decisions as of late; developers have been openly frustrated at a new “token limit” imposed on third party clients. These limits, according to some developers, are just a way of pushing their apps out (which arguably helped drive Twitter’s success).
How do you feel about TweetDeck being shut down? Do you think Twitter should have been more responsible in filing their financial records? How about Twitter’s treatment of developers?