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June 2nd, 2011 by Mythreyi Krishnan under Commentary

Twitter-Tweetdeck : It’s official

After a few weeks of ‘will they-wont they’ speculation about Twitter and tweetdeck, it was officially confirmed last week. Twitter is all set to acquire Tweedeck, a third party interface, for $40 million US (SGD $49.8 million)

Tweetdeck is a start up based in London that allows users to customize their tweeting experience by integrating twitter with other social platforms such as foursquare and facebook onto a single dashboard, enabling them to “tweet like a pro“. Although the startup could not turnover a profit until now, endorsements from the likes of celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher, has made it very popular among twitter users.

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Throughout May, there was a lot of discussion online regarding the potential takeover. In the last few days, since it was made official, there is still a lot of buzz proving how popular tweetdeck is among twitter users. In the span of 4 days, the JamiQ social media monitoring tool recorded close to 1600 entries with the buzz peaking on May 26th, the day after the deal was announced.

As for how people feel about this so called social media shake-up, we can look to the sentiment analysis.

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For the most part, the online community expressed mixed feelings about the deal with some stating that the “Tweetdeck deal may signal Twitter becoming less open” while others were questioning whether Twitter would eliminate Tweetdeck altogether (they did buy tweetdeck…. to kill or not to kill………… that is the ?… i do hope they keep it. OR learn from it. @twitter). Others were outright negative taking jabs at the platform itself, with one user sayingTwitter doesn’t seem to do a terribly good job with their own apps. No wonder they had to buy Tweetdeck and others. Another chimed in with “If Twitter had 40 mil to buy tweetDeck, they should have the money to hire some decent coders”

And as usual, the ones with a lighter view brought some humour to the discussion, adding that “#RandomThoughts Glad that @Twitter got to buy @TweetDeck. Now we know who to blame when mentions insist on not loading”

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