Twitter made their purchase of Tweetdeck official today on their blog. According to the post, Twitter “will continue to invest in the TweetDeck that users know and love.”
So what does this mean? Would Twitter actually keep Facebook, LinkedIn and foursquare integration? Clearly having access to our four largest social accounts in one desktop application is a significant reason why we “know and love” Tweetdeck.
Will Twitter allow their competitors to continue on their new official app? A very important question that has yet to be definitively answered.
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So what does this mean for the plethora of users of the popular desktop social media monitoring software?
We don’t know for certain, but one would have to believe that the first thing to go will be the Facebook/LinkedIn/foursquare integration. I find it hard to believe that Twitter will keep those column options.
Beyond that, nobody knows, but everybody is speculating. ReadWriteWeb offers a few interesting possible scenarios (including killing it all together).
As a regular TweetDeck user for the past two years, I say leave it alone. Monetize it somehow if you must, but don’t change its features. Changing Tweetdeck will most likely alienate more brand loyalists than attract new ones for Twitter.
What do you think? Should TweetDeck be dumbed down? Eliminated? Left alone? Speak up!