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Tweetbot 2.0: The Best iPhone Twitter Client Just Got Even Better

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As Twitter has decided to focus on simplicity, its iPhone app is now a shadow of its former self for more advanced users (and for Twitter, search and lists apparently qualify as advanced features). Thankfully, there are some very good alternatives on market and among those, Tweetbot has long been my favorite. Today, the app's developers launched version 2.0 of Tweetbot and it’s a worthy upgrade to what was already – in my view – the best iPhone client for iOS.

Speed and New Features

The first thing you will likely notice when you start Tweetbot 2.0 is that it is significantly faster than previous versions. Searches, for example, now feel like they take a quarter of the time to appear on your screen.

Besides the speed, though, the app also now sports a number of new features. The updated timeline view, for example, now lets you immediately click on links and usernames. Before, you first had to select a tweet before these links became active. The timeline now also features in-line image thumbnails that let you quickly view an image with just one click.

Another nifty new feature is support for Readability as a mobilizer service. Just like Apple's Reader feature lets you see a text-only view of a website, you can now set Tweetbot to immediately see a text-only view of any link you click on (or you can toggle back and forth between the Readability view and the regular page).

Here is the full list of new features:[list]

  • Updated timeline view
    • Image thumbnails in timeline
    • Links now colored and single-tappable
    • “Retweeted by” bar now integrated and tappable
    • Cell colors adjusted for better contrast
  • New direct message view.
  • Redesigned “New Tweets” bar (Can be dismissed by tap and configured in Settings > Display)
  • Timed auto-refresh (timeline, mentions, and DM’s will refresh every 5 minutes)
  • Readability added as mobilizer service
  • Much improved tweet replies view
  • Links in user’s bio now tappable
  • “Huge” font size option in Settings > Display
  • Improved scrolling performance[/list]


11:37 am


Tweetbot: All Hail the New King of Mobile Twitter Clients

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Twitter itself may not be a big fan of new Twitter clients, but that didn’t stop the developers at Tapbots to launch a new iPhone client tonight. It’s a good thing they weren’t dissuaded by Twitter’s anti-developer stance because Tapbots’ Tweetbot (iTunes link) is easily the best mobile Twitter client out there today. It’s even better than Twitter’s own iPhone app and more than worth the $1.99 Tapbots charges for it.

All the Features You Want

Now, with all the Twitter clients for the iPhone out there today, what makes Tweetbot better? It does, of course, feature all the standard functionality you would expect: support for multiple accounts, lists, old-style and new-style retweets, built-in browser, search and virtually every other feature you would expect.

But it also knows some other nifty tricks. By default, for example, a triple-click on a tweet start a reply. A double-click brings up additional context (maps for tweets with geolocation data, for example). A single click open up a menu underneath the tweet for replying, retweeting and adding a tweet to your favorites. That’s not all, though. Swipe to the right and you get to see related tweets. Swipe to the left and you get to see the whole conversation. This sounds a bit complicated, but is actually far more intuitive than it sounds and becomes second nature within minutes.

It’s clear that the Tapbots developers have paid a lot of attention to detail and how people actually use their Twitter clients on a mobile phone. Tapbots, for example, has decided to treat lists with the respect they deserve and allows you, as Shawn Blanc also notes, to set them as your main timeline.

The design is minimalist but highly functional. You get lots of options (support for Instapaper and Read It later, 9 URL shorteners and 6 image hosts, for example), yet it works perfectly fine out of the box.

I should note that Tweetbot does not feature push notifications. Boxcar, however, already supports Tweetbot, so you won’t have to miss this feature either.

Verdict

Twitter may not like this, but Tweetbot is currently, in my opinion, the best mobile Twitter client out there. Unless you really don’t have $1.99 to spare, I recommend you give it a try (iTunes link).



11:56 pm