Twitter has reportedly acquired TweetDeck, one of the most popular third party clients for accessing Twitter services. TweetDeck makes it possible to login to multiple Twitter, Facebook, FourSquare and Google Buzz accounts at the same time and view all of your data in one place.

The company’s desktop and web applications provides an almost overwhelming amount of content by allowing you to view multiple columns simultaneously with your timeline, @mentions, direct messages, custom searches, and more. TweetDeck also offers mobile apps which offer many of the same features — but which let you scroll between columns on a small smartphone display.

TechCrunch first reported on the acquisition earlier this month, but now CNN Money says the papers were signed yesterday, finalizing the deal.

It’s not yet clear what this means for the future of TweetDeck as a standalone offering, but it might be good news for the official Twitter apps. Maybe you’ll finally be able to manage multiple accounts without logging out and logging back in.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...