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Although we've never personally been big fans of TweetDeck, the Twitter client has many die-hard fans, despite losing its mobile apps and a renewed focus on the web, including this week's fresh coat of paint.
Twitter announced Wednesday that its TweetDeck web app has been given a nice, shiny refresh along with new functionality, part of the company's attempt to reinvent the once-mighty third-party client after ditching its mobile apps.
"In line with Twitter’s own design aesthetic, this update delivers a lighter and simpler TweetDeck design," the blog post reveals. "We moved the top bar to the side, and created some significant usability improvements around column reordering and easier navigation."
That may cause many longtime TweetDeck fans to shudder with fear, but the update does add convenient icons for New Tweet and Search, as well as easier ways to lay out your columns across the web browser.
For a web app, TweetDeck looks pretty impressive, which makes it all the more perplexing why Twitter has chosen to kill off the mobile versions in favor of its own, frequently lambasted, official app.
Curiously, you'll still need a separate TweetDeck account to actually log in and use the latest version -- yet another ominous sign from Twitter that this client is considered a redheaded stepchild by the microblogging service whose future remains uncertain.
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