This is a sad day TweetDeck fans, at least fans of the “old” TweetDeck and the TweetDeck mobile app. I’m an avid user of the old TweetDeck and I like many others have been seeing that warning every time I load it up that says that my beloved version will no longer work at some point soon. Well now it seems that Twitter, who purchased TweetDeck a while back, has put a firm date on when “soon” will be. Twitter has confirmed that on May 7th, both the TweetDeck AIR app and mobile app will be shutdown on May 7, 2013. At that point, both apps will be pulled from their respective stores (though the old Tweedeck app hasn’t been available in any store for a while) and will essentially break all existing installs that use the 1.0 API, or as I like to call it “old” TweetDeck or Yellow TweetDeck. The TweetDeck web and chrome apps are still available as well as the new Mac and PC apps.
When TweetDeck first brought out “blue” TweetDeck I upgraded immediately and wasn’t happy with it at all. I thought it was terrible even though it seemed to look basically the same, it was just clunky. It was so bad that I scoured the Internet to find an install file for the old version (0.38.2 AIR app) which turned out to not be as easy I had first thought. Eventually I found it though, saved it to multiple locations, reinstalled it and have been using it ever since. With it about to go the way of the dinosaurs, I suppose I’ll need to find a new Twitter client for my PC. I’ll admit that I haven’t tried the latest version of Tweetdeck in months, so I’ll give that a first crack but unless they have made significant fixes then I’m not going to put a lot of faith in that.
So that’s that I guess, personally I don’t really understand it because if something is not broken I don’t know why you fix it. In any case, I’ll need a new desktop Twitter client that preferably is as clean as TweetDeck and at a minimum allows me to post to multiple Twitter and Facebook Pages. This is where you all come in, I need suggestions and as you now know I don’t have much time. I’ve taken cursory looks at Hootsuite and others but I need recommendations of people who are using these clients for fairly heavy lifting on a regular days. Please hit the comments and give me some recommendations and reviews. Thanks.