Twitter has delayed the retirement date for it’s API 1.0. from 7 May to 11 June to allow for additional testing.
Twitter will however cease support for TweetDeck AIR, Android and iOS today.
As a power user of Tweetdeck AIR, the news was not welcome. I can still post from AIR but I have been unable to re-tweet for a few weeks now. I have spent the last month coming to terms with the new web based version of Tweetedeck and I still don’t like it. Unlike some users, I am not bothered that Twitter will no longer support posting to Facebook. The feature I will miss most is the ability to see who has re-tweeted you or Favorited your tweet in the mentions column as well as the ability to retweet a private account.
Twitter’s reasons for discontinuing the aps are as follows:
“Over the past few years, we’ve seen a steady trend towards people using TweetDeck on their computers and Twitter on their mobile devices.” This trend, the blog reads, coincides with an increased investment in the Twitter apps for iPhone and Android––photo filters and other editing capabilities were added in the past few months, the user profiles were revamped and search got a couple of new features. “That said, we know this applies to most of our users––not all of them. And for those of you who are inconvenienced by this shift, our sincere apologies.”
If you blog you will also notice that your Twitter widgets will need to be updated as support for AP1 1.0 ends. The good news is you can go and create a widget by logging into your Twitter account via the web, go to Settings, Widgets and create and customise a widget for your website.