Twitter is revamping its TweetDeck platform, that provides
an easy-to-read format of lists and feeds. The TweetDeck app was launched 12
years ago and Twitter acquired it in 2011, and ever since, the app has never
received any major changes in its features or design. After all these years, it
seems like Twitter is finally focusing on bringing some updates to the app.
According to Twitter’s product chief Kayvon Beykpour, he and the product team is actively working on updating the TweetDeck project, that they intend to show off later this year. “We’ve been working on a pretty big overhaul from the ground up of TweetDeck, and it’s something that we’re excited to share publicly sometime this year,” Beykpour said.
Moreover, this move is part of Twitter’s efforts to improve
its developer tools, as well as its relationship with app makers. “We also,
over the last five years, I think, haven’t given a lot of love to our developer
ecosystem. A bunch of reasons for that, some missteps that we’d taken in the
past, then also sort of prioritization. We are also changing that; in the last
year and a half we’ve really stepped up both our commitment and follow-through
on just innovating around the API again, getting the API back to parity from
our own internal APIs that we use to build functionality,” explained Beykpour.
About Twitter’s relationship with app developers, Bykpour
said that the company has “got a lot of trust to earn back with developers” as
it has made several mistakes in the past. “But it’s something that we’re
actively investing in. We hope we’ll allow developers to build really awesome
stuff around the Twitter ecosystem. One of the reasons why Twitter is where it
is today is because of developers doing cool shit that we would’ve never
thought to do. And so that’s something that we’re trying to do more of, not step
away from. More to come on that as well,” he elaborated.