Twitter's TweetDeck Dies on May 7

TweetDeck, the go-to choice for power Twitter users managing multiple accounts, will officially shut down on May 7. Twitter said it is killing the iPhone, Android, and AIR versions of the app on the 7th, and "killing" includes dropping support and development, as well as stopping the apps from functioning at all.

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When Twitter purchased TweetDeck in May 2011, the company reassured users the app wasn't going away, stating, "TweetDeck provides brands, publishers, marketers and others with a powerful platform to track all the real-time conversations they care about. In order to support this important constituency, we will continue to invest in the TweetDeck that users know and love."

Now, the company is saying,

TweetDeck is the most powerful Twitter tool for tracking real-time conversations. Its flexibility and customizable layout let you keep up with what's happening on Twitter, across multiple topics and accounts, in real time. To continue to offer a great product that addresses your unique needs, we're going to focus our development efforts on our modern, web-based versions of TweetDeck. To that end, we are discontinuing support for our older apps: TweetDeck AIR, TweetDeck for Android and TweetDeck for iPhone.

In other words, not only is Twitter dropping support for TweetDeck, it's stopping the app from working even if it's already installed on your computer or mobile device.

Twitter now limits the number of users any third-party client app can have, buys -- and ultimately kills -- popular client apps. That doesn't bode well for the future of other third-party Twitter client apps.