Tapbots, a creative iOS app developer, recently released version 2 of their Twitter client called Tweetbot. Nerds rejoiced. Along with the new version for the iPhone, they released a version for the iPad as well. I haven’t used the iPad version, so I’m not going to comment about that in this article. I will say that Tweetbot on the iPhone is excellent. I am not alone in that sentiment. Macworld magazine rated it 5 full stars in their review, a rating that is very uncommon. Their stellar review is what convinced me to purchase the app.
I have already been using another Tapbots app called Convertbot, a super sick conversion tool for any type of measurement you can imagine. Its creative interface and attention to detail made me confident that Tweetbot would be a worthwhile purchase, even before I read any product reviews.
Tweetbot is indeed a beautifully designed app. I love the font, layout, and overall interface polish that make it such a pleasure to use. There are also subtle sound effects for common tasks that give the app a lifelike experience. This extra polish is what sets Tweetbot apart from the other Twitter apps.
I think that its greatest feature is the ability to mute specific hashtags. Tap and hold on any hashtag and options appear that allow you to mute them for an hour, a day, a week, or forever. This is going to be handy for those annoying #FF (Follow Friday) hashtags which I’ve grown rather tired of week after week. I can now temporarily mute them and not have to see any more of those. Clever.
Gestures are very well implemented in this app. Swipe to the right on any tweet to see replies to it. If you’re looking at a reply, swipe to the left to see the originating tweet. You’ll have to experiment with the gestures. I’ve been using the app for a week and am still finding new ways to navigate.
I often find myself emailing tweets, sometimes to friends, but often to myself. If I see a link to an interesting article, I’ll email myself the tweet to read later on my computer. When you email a tweet with Tweetbot, the email that is generated contains much more information than other Twitter clients, including a link to the tweet itself on the twitter.com website.
As I mentioned above, I purchased the app. Purchased? Yes. Unlike the official Twitter app, Tweetbot isn’t free. In fact, it’s rather pricey at $2.99. I paid for it because I was interested in its feature set, but I admit that the price is a bit expensive. I think they should have priced it at $1.99, tops. What’s more, the iPhone and iPad apps are not a single universal app, but are sold separately. That strikes me as being a little greedy on Tapbot’s part. I see no reason why they couldn’t have made a single universal app for both devices, except to intentionally try to make more money. Still, if the public is willing to pay the price, I can’t blame the company for trying to make a buck. Perhaps they will promote a free download day or reduce the price after it has been on the market for a while.
If I can find one thing to complain about, it would be Tweetbot’s cartoonish-looking app icon. I’m not sure what the inspiration for the icon was, but I find it to be slightly off-putting. Despite that, Tweetbot is a superb app all around. If you don’t want to pay for it, you can always use the free official Twitter app, which does 80% of what Tweetbot does, minus the elegance.