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Yesterday, Twitter received national attention after the first pics of the Hudson River plane crash were found on the microblogging site before traditional media had time to report it, so perhaps it’s only fitting that yet another Twitter add-on is saying today that it has raised a round of funding — even though both Twitter and the startup have no revenue streams to speak of.
TweetDeck, which offers free software to help people organize their Twitter streams, has raised the first tranche in a round that could end up being as much as $500,000, reports Peter Kafka on AllThingsD. The round was led by Betaworks. Kafka says TweetDeck’s founder and only employee is an instant millionaire with that kind of evaluation. The genesis for TweetDeck came about six months ago when Iain Dodsworth was looking for a better way to organize the Tweets he was receiving from following 30 people. Since then, the software has been downloaded 250,000 times and users are sending out 120,000 messages a day using the software, making it more popular than other Twitter clients, like Twitterific and twhirl.