Yesterday, Twitter shut down Tweetdeck for the iPhone and Android and, at the same time, ended support for Facebook in the app, ending its ability to read and post to user Facebook accounts (Note: As of this writing, my Facebook columns are still working on Tweetdeck).
However, this wasn’t the first time Tweetdeck made a major change that sent users scrambling for alternatives. In December of 2011, months after its purchase of the app, Twitter recoded the application entirely, renaming it “Tweetdeck by Twitter”, and stripped out many of the apps most popular features, including LinkedIn and Foursquare support.
Though the app was able to battle back some and win over some of the people who left it, there are many, even today, who still pine for the original Tweetdeck over any other version.
But this isn’t the first time in recent memory that important Web applications have been shuttered or drastically changed. In March, Google announced that its popular Google Reader service would be shutting down July 1st and, in April, Posterous announced it was closing in a mere 30 days. Read More
The boys and girls from the Google Reader team have announced some recent changes to their official Android app that should help make it much easier to use for news junkies on the go.
News ticker widget – if you prefer a bit more information, you can add a larger size widget that cycles through items on any stream you want in Reader. Clicking any headline will take you to the article, while clicking the folder will take you to that stream.
Mark previous as read – if youâ€™ve used the mobile version of Reader before and missed this feature, itâ€™s now back! As you scroll down your reading list, hit â€œMark previous as readâ€ at any time to only mark things above the screen as read. (Official Google Reader Blog)
The app also includes an unread count widget which was surprisingly left out during the app’s premier launch.
Unfortunately for iPhone fans, Google has no plans on launching an official iOS app in the future and thus far seems dedicated to only supporting the Android platform (although iOS has plenty of third party apps to help fill in the gap).
Google Reader fans can download the app for free from the Android Market, and for those of you who sport an Android device do you prefer the official app over the numerous third party rivals? If so, why?
It looks as if Byline (a popular iPhone app for Google Reader) and BlogPress (the unofficial iPhone app for Blogger) are teaming up for the holidays by offering users the chance to download one of their respective apps for free after purchasing the other application on iTunes. Read More