Craig Grannell makes some interesting points about the TweetDeck purchase. I have been asked many times if I think that Twitter bought TweetDeck to have an ‘official’ Windows client.
Personally I don’t think that is the case, TweetDeck is a pretty ugly looking, crap running Adobe Air app — Twitter could do better from scratch. That said, as Grannell points out, I wouldn’t put anything past Twitter at this point.
Most likely I think TweetDeck is absorbed and slowly forgotten about over the next few years — this purchase feels like a way to bring those uses back “into the fold.”