Twitter buys tweet-tracking application TweetDeck

By the Associated Press | May 25, 2011 | 12:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter says it has bought TweetDeck, a London-based startup that helps people read, write and organize the short messages posted on the online network.

Twitter is not giving financial terms. The San Francisco company said Wednesday in a blog post that the TweetDeck team has joined Twitter. TweetDeck will continue to be based in London and users will continue to be able to use the application.

TweetDeck lets Twitter users organize the brands, celebrities, news feeds and people they "follow" on the short messaging platform.