Kayvon Beykpour, product manager, Kayvon Beykpour, said Twitter is actively working on a “comprehensive overhaul” of its TweetDeck platform, which allows you to arrange lists and feeds in easy-to-read vertical rows, and plans to share more about the project publicly later this year. at meeting with the edge Published Tuesday.
TweetDeck, as one of the oldest third-party account management apps to the platform, hasn’t seen much in the way of design or major feature changes in years. The app was launched 12 years ago and acquired by Twitter in 2011, and it’s still somewhat of the same vertical grid viewer for the various Twitter feeds that it started. Mostly, Twitter has carried the new added functionality to its main website and mobile apps while keeping the basic TweetDeck design relatively constant.
This appears to be changing. Beykpour and the product team know they haven’t “given TweetDeck much love lately”, and are actively working on a new TweetDeck they plan to show off later this year. It’s part of a wider push to improve Twitter’s developer tools and fix its relationship with app makers, with the latter being the The old rift between Twitter and the wider software development community. (Beykpour’s answer does not specify whether the new TweetDeck will be released this year or just a preview to the public.)
Here’s Beykpour’s full response on TweetDeck:
Nilai Patel: the edgeThe newsroom works on TweetDeck.
Bikpour: Exactly. And we haven’t been giving TweetDeck much love recently. This is about to change. We’ve been working on a very big fix from start to top in TweetDeck, which is something we are happy to share publicly at sometime this year. This is just an example of a service Twitter owns and operates and we will continue to invest in it. And I think we’ve also, over the past five years, haven’t given much love to our ecosystem to developers. A bunch of reasons for that, some mistakes we’ve made in the past, and then some sort of prioritization as well. We’re changing that too; In the past year and a half, we’ve really cemented our commitment and pursuit to just innovate around the API again, returning the API to parity from our own internal APIs that we use to build jobs.
I think we have a great deal of confidence to gain back with the developers, given that we’ve made a lot of mistakes in the past, but it’s something we’re actively investing in. And, we hope, we allow the developers to build cool things around the Twitter ecosystem. One of the reasons Twitter is where it is today is because the developers are doing amazing things that we wouldn’t have thought of doing. And this is something we try to do more, not turn away from it. More to come, too.
It’s not clear if this new TweetDeck will feature an updated visual design, brand new features, or both. It is also up for debate whether Twitter plans to charge for TweetDeck; a Bloomberg Last month’s report He said the company is considering a premium version of TweetDeck that could attach subscription fees to it.
Whatever look the new app takes, it will be a breath of fresh air for longtime TweetDeck users (myself included) who want, at the very least, a fresh coat of paint.