TweetDeck mobile and AIR apps to go dark on May 7

Twitter is laying to rest several versions of the power-user-friendly tool.

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The end is nigh for several TweetDeck applications.

The Adobe AIR and mobile versions of the Twitter-owned, power-user-beloved tool for maintaining columns of tweets will cease to exist and stop functioning entirely on May 7, the team said Friday.

TweetDeck first announced in March that it would be shuttering its apps for iPhone, Android, and AIR to solidify its focus on browser-based versions of the service. Not surprisingly, Facebook integration is also going the way of the dodo on May 7, which means TweetDeck will go back to being a Twitter-only service.

"Doubling down on the TweetDeck web experience and discontinuing our app support is a reflection of where our TweetDeck power-users are going," TweetDeck said at the time.

The decision appears largely intended to get people to solely use the official Twitter for iPhone and Android applications, which proffer a consistent Twitter experience that is more in line with what people find on the company's Web site.

Thankfully, those running TweetDeck's Mac or PC applications don't have to go into mourning just yet. TweetDeck will maintain those apps for the time being. But with TweetDeck's expressed focus on Web, one has to wonder how long much longer these desktop apps will keep breathing.