Tweetbot for OS X review

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Category: Social media
Developer: Tapbots
OS X Requirements: OS X 10.7.4 or later, 64-bit processor, Twitter account
Price: $19.99
Availability: Out now

Would you pay as much for a Twitter client as you would for a copy of Mountain Lion? I did, for a copy of Tweetbot. I’m a huge fan of their iOS client, and after Twitter bought then gutted the beloved Tweetdeck (as they did with their iOS app), I was really excited to learn that Tapbots was developing a OS X client. Tweetbot for iOS is a full-featured, user-friendly app, and its big sister on the Mac matches its features.


First, let’s talk about the cost. If you’ve been following the saga of Twitter at all, you know they recently introduced limits to the number of users third parties can have on their apps. Twitter does this because they want you to use their (free) apps or their web interface, both of which, in my opinion, suck. Because Tapbots has a much smaller base of users they can support with this new client, they have to charge more for it.

So what are you paying for? For starters, you can view Tweetbot as a single panel, multiple panels (one for each account, or one for retweets and direct mentions, etc.), or you can dock all the panels together for a multiple-column view (like on Tweetdeck). For certain image services (Instagram, Twitpic, Twitter’s picture service, etc.) Tweetbot will give you thumbnails of the image presented in-line with the tweet. To see the conversation a tweet may be part of, just double-click it to see what it’s in response to, and the follow-ups (along with retweets and favorites).

Tweetbot, of course, gives you access to a lot of Twitter tools like creating lists of users, blocking and reporting for spam, watching trending topics, and disabling retweets from the people you follow from showing up in your feed.

But the big feature of Tweetbot, as far as I’m concerned, is it’s robust Mute feature. Whether you want to ignore someone you’re following for a bit, or simply stop hearing about a topic all together, they’ve got you covered. You can mute users (which means their tweets and tweets about them won’t show up in your feed), hashtags, particular Twitter clients, and best of all: words or phrases. One of my biggest pet peeves is people who beg celebrities for birthday retweets, and with just a few clicks, I’m able to block most of occurrences. If one of my friends is live-tweeting an event that I don’t care about, I don’t have to unfollow them, I just mute them or the hashtag. The mute function lets you set the time frame as well: a day, a week, a month, or forever. It’s the feature that sold me on the price tag.

Well, one of them. Once Twitter (the company) came up with its own image hosting service, it moved to squeeze out some of the other services. And while it kept the option of the biggies (Flickr, Twitpic), a service I really liked, Mlkshk, was no longer available. Tweetbot keeps this feature, along with the ability to set your own URL shortener, video upload, and read later service. If you’re using Tweetbot on iOS, or another computer, you can sync your feeds between the multiple devices using Tweet Marker or iCloud, allowing each client to pick up where you left off.

These features, along with a drafts folder, make Tweetbot the client I really want. And while Twitter-the-company tries to crush the life out of itself, third-party clients like this keep Twitter-the-service working, effective, and fun.

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  • Drh

    Interesting comparison, a twitter client for the same price as the whole O/S.
    That really puts it into perspective. Even before you made that observation, I would never pay $19.99 for a twitter client, not matter how many features or slickness they’ve added.
    At the end of the day it’s just a front end for a service, a service that already has functionality baked into the O/S and if that’s not good enough for you already, there are plenty of free/cheaper options. Frankly, I think Tapbots are taking the p**s!