April 22, 2013 at 12:10 PM ET
We've known since March that TweetDeck's days are numbered on Android and iOS. But now we know exactly when the plug will be pulled on these Twitter tools: May 7.
After Twitter acquired TweetDeck, focus shifted to Web-based versions of the service — which is popular for being a highly customizable way to track conversations and topics on Twitter. This means that TweetDeck Air, TweetDeck for Android, and TweetDeck for iPhone are going to be "removed from their respective app stores and will stop functioning." Additionally, Facebook integration on TweetDeck will go away as well.
For the time being, the desktop versions of TweetDeck will continue to live. (Though we suspect that Twitter will eventually completely switch to a Web-based approach over time.)
Those who aren't fans of Twitter's official mobile apps and need an alternative after May 7 may wish to consider Tweetbot on iOS or Hootsuite on Android.
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