Sometimes you are sitting there, tweeting away on your Mac or your iPhone or even your iPad, and you stop and take a pause for a minute. I was in the same situation yesterday after a minor Twitter app update which still didn’t give the ability to look at a timeline on one device, and then switch to a different device ten minutes later and pick up where I left off on the unread tweets. Such a small difference, but it’s one of the reasons I switched, yesterday, from Twitter to Tweetbot.
Don’t get me wrong. Twitter has produced two very good, clean Twitter clients for the iPhone and iPad but, if you are a Tweetbot user, you notice the difference between ‘very good’ and excellent. Because that’s what Tweetbot is…excellent. It excels in all the dominant areas that the Twitter apps excel, but Tweetbot hits up all the areas you didn’t even know you wanted hit on.
The user interface aside, small differences in Tweetbot like the iCloud sync for timelines, in-timeline support for picture display, customizable buttons at the foot of the app, DM syncing between devices and the number of unread tweets, are the ones that make the difference. Sure it’s not free ($2.99 each for the iPad or iPhone versions), but it really is in a different league as far as Twitter clients go. I’d dabbled with it a few times on and off over the past few months but stuck with the official Twitter apps out of…well, I’d like to say loyalty but now I’m not sure why.
This isn’t a review. It isn’t an advertisement. It’s simply a realization. Tweetbot rules, and a Mac version can’t come soon enough.