TweetDeck – is a social media dashboard application for management of Twitter and Facebook accounts. Like other Twitter applications it interfaces with the Twitter API to allow users to send and receive tweets and view profiles. It is the most popular Twitter application with a 23% market share as of June 2009, following only the official Twitter website with 45.7% share for posting new status updates. It is compatible with several operating systems including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Chrome OS and Linux. An iPhone version was released on June 19, 2009 and an iPad version was released in May 2010 as well. An Android version was recently made available after a public beta period.
TweetDeck was originally developed by Iain Dodsworth, until May 25, 2011, when TweetDeck was acquired by Twitter with a rumored $40 – $50 million purchase price including both cash and Twitter stock.Twitter then released a new version of the application branded “TweetDeck by Twitter” on December 8, 2011, as part of Twitter’s redesign of its services. TweetDeck changed from an Adobe AIR application to a native Windows and Mac OS X application in this release, and also introduced a web version of TweetDeck for WebKit-based browsers based on TweetDeck’s existing Google Chrome app. The update dropped support for LinkedIn, Google Buzz, Foursquare and MySpace accounts.