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Twitter confirms a “big overhaul” is coming to TweetDeck

Admitting that it hasn’t “given TweetDeck a lot of love recently,” Twitter has now announced big changes coming to this social media dashboard for management of Twitter accounts.


STORY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • TweetDeck is an alternative Twitter platform.
  • Twitter will thoroughly revamp the app.
  • Twitter is also mulling a subscription.

A photograph showing TweetDeck running on an iMac lying on on a work desk

TweetDeck is finally getting some love

“We haven’t given TweetDeck a lot of love recently,” Kayvon Beykpour, who is Twitter’s Chief Product Officer, told The Verge yesterday. He has confirmed that this is about to change as “a pretty big overhaul” is looming on the horizon. He wouldn’t specify whether the upcoming redesign would also introduce any new features.

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Twitter may also be planning to attach a subscription to a premium version of TweetDeck as a way to ease its dependence on advertising, as Bloomberg reported recently.

Twitter’s promise to developers

Kayvon has added that Twitter will be working hard to restore the faith of its developers following what he called “some missteps” that they’d taken in the past five years.

In the last year and a half we’ve really stepped up both our commitment and follow-through on just innovating around the API again, getting the API back to parity from our own internal APIs that we use to build functionality.

It’s no secret that third-party Twitter clients have been lagging since Twitter has tightened its API that apps must use to let you send tweets and more. As a result, third-party clients no longer support some of the new Twitter features, forcing people to use the official apps which aren’t well designed and could use a much-needed boost in the usability department.

I think we’ve got a lot of trust to earn back with developers, since we’ve made a lot of mistakes in the past, but it’s something that we’re actively investing in. We hope we’ll allow developers to build really awesome stuff around the Twitter ecosystem.

Well, he admits that Twitter owes much of its success to developers “doing cool shit” that Twitter itself would have never thought to implement. But we heard similar promises from Twitter before—we’ll believe them if the company puts its money where its mouth is.

Image credit: TweetDeck

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