Last week Twitter UK unveiled first-year profits of £16,500, which covered the British subsidiary of Twitter, Inc’s first seven months of existence between June 1, 2011, and December 31, 2011.
One problem: Twitter UK was late with the filings, which means they’ll likely have to pay a fine. Assuming they cough up, no real damage done.
But another UK Twitter company is now so late with their business accounts that they risk being struck off entirely. And that company is TweetDeck.
Yep, TweetDeck, the former Twitter client and power-use favourite that was acquired by Twitter for a heady $40 million in May 2011. TweetDeck Ltd, the company behind the client, has been fined for a second time by UK regulators after missing deadlines in September and December of last year.
“This is a non-compliance issue and a compulsory strike-off action has commenced,” a Companies House spokesperson told Sky News.
“TweetDeck is still yet to file. That means they have 99 days to file up-to-date accounts or face being dissolved and struck-off the register.”
99 days is a long time, and chances are that TweetDeck (and Twitter) will get their acts together and sort this out.
All that said, if one was being really cynical you might say that the dissolution of TweetDeck wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world for Twitter, as they’ve hardly gone out of their way to grow the brand. It is, and always was, both a talent purchase, and a convenient way to stifle what was once a formidable competitor. So, TweetDeck going the way of the proverbial pair always had a sense of inevitability about it, and Twitter’s laissez faire attitude to this acquisition could, one might propose, even go as far to include accidentally “forgetting” to file the accounts.
You might think that. I couldn’t possibly comment.