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Updates To TweetDeck Get Rid Of Adobe Air For HTML5, Ditch All Networks Other Than Twitter And Facebook

Amid the flurry of updates coming from Twitter yesterday – including a complete redesign of its website and apps and brand pages for businesses – one piece of news got lost in the shuffle: the massive changes Twitter made to its dashboard, TweetDeck.

Twitter acquired TweetDeck in May, and has been pretty hands off… until yesterday.

If you’re a regular user of TweetDeck, you’ve no doubt already noticed some of the changes.

First, and most obviously, TweetDeck no longer allows the management of any social network other than Twitter or Facebook. If you’ve been using TweetDeck to manage LinkedIn, FourSquare or even MySpace in the past, you’ll no longer be able to sync these networks to the dash.

TweetDeck has also been moved over to HTML5, instead of Adobe Air. This will come as a welcome change to anyone who was tired of the long startup times that Air often experienced, and is a good sign for TweetDeck moving forward.

However, the change means that TweetDeck’s options have been limited: you can now download a native app for Mac or Windows, a Chrome-based app, or a web client.

Other, smaller changes that TweetDeck has undergone includes a redesigned logo, getting rid of the TweetDeck bird in favor of the Twitter bird, and a look more cohesive with Twitter’s own redesign, including changing the color of links to Twitter blue and slightly modifying how each tweet appears.

As was to be expected, Twitter has switched TweetDeck’s photo and video sharing apps and URL shortener from Yfrog and bit.ly to Twitter’s own native solutions.

TweetDeck users will also notice that a lot of the customization is gone from the original dashboard. The notification system has been significantly scaled back and simplified, and a lot of the functionality has changed.

Do you use TweetDeck? What do you think of the changes Twitter has made? Let us know in the comments below.

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