Well, we can't say we didn't see this one coming. Twitter purchased TweekDeck for around $40-50 million in 2011. And now, it's essentially shutting things down. In a strange effort to continue getting people to use Twitter.com and the official Twitter apps instead of the myriad excellent third-party alternatives, Twitter announced this week that TweetDeck is essentially dead. The company will continue to support the Web-based versions, but it's discontinuing support for the older apps: TweetDeck AIR, TweetDeck
and TweetDeck for iPhone. They will be removed from their respective app stores in early May and will stop functioning shortly thereafter. It's also going to discontinue support for Facebook integration.
It's weird, really. In a world that has become fixated on apps, Twitter is seemingly gravitating to more Web-based app development. So is Firefox OS. And at one point, even Steve Jobs believed that Web apps were the future. It's possible that Web apps are just late bloomers, and that this is just the start of a movement from native to Web -- at least in some areas.