TweetDeck has made its name as a Twitter application for computers, and now iPhone and iPad. An Android version is on the way, but now TweetDeck is setting its sights far wider, with the development of a mobile web version.
“Several months ago we embarked on a secret mission to develop a cross-platform full-featured mobile TweetDeck,” blogs company co-founder Ian Dodsworth. “We looked at a lot of options and after much deliberation decided the best way forward was to build an amazing version of TweetDeck to run on mobile web browsers.”
The company has started with a version optimised for BlackBerry, and is looking for beta testers. Dodsworth says there are advantages in using TweetDeck as a mobile website rather than an app, including saving your phone’s battery life, since it’s not an app running in the background.
“By focusing our efforts on a single web based product we can provide the attention and resources to really make the experience shine,” he writes.
It’s not clear when the mobile site will emerge from private beta, but Dodsworth promises it won’t just be for smartphones. “We’ve designed TweetDeck Mobile Web to work on really slimmed down devices, so pretty much anything with a web browser will do,” he writes.