Tweetbot for Mac finally hits the App Store

Ever since the first, bug-riddled alpha version was released back in July, fans of the popular alternative Twitter client Tweetbot have eagerly been awaiting its proper release on the Mac. Today, the waiting game is over. Tapbots released the full version in the App Store after submitting it to Apple at the start of the month, and it’s extremely impressive.

Tweetbot Mac

The Timelime view of the full App Store version of Tweetbot for Mac.

Although the interface hasn’t been given a significant overhaul since the public alpha and beta versions, a lot has gone on under the surface. With these versions, we saw a very good third-party Twitter client, but one in the making and although some bugs persisted and some key features were missing (such as iCloud timeline sync – we summed them all up in our review of the initial alpha version), it was still a very useable client, albeit with a few creases. Now, all those creases have been ironed out and what we’re left with is an outstanding third-party Twitter client for Mac.

Tweet View

The slightly overhauled tweet view in Tweetbot for Mac.

The new version brings far greater third-party account support for pictures and videos (including Droplr and Cloudapp) and also custom URLs via API endpoints. There’s also full support for the Notification Center in Mountain Lion (for some reason, my beta version never worked – I got the default OS X Twitter notifications but none from Tweetbot) and the most important feature (in my opinion anyway), iCloud timeline sync if you’re using Tweetbot on either your iPhone or iPad (although this is still a little hit and miss at times and you’ll need to be running Mountain Lion as well).

The new version is priced at the handsome sum of $19.99, which to some may seem a little extortionate for just a Twitter client (and judging by some of the complaints I’ve seen on Twitter, it is!) however Tapbots put this down to Twitter and its cap on the number of users (for their full statement, click on the link). For now, it’ll surely entice those who have had their appetite wetted by the alpha and beta versions and since the development of Twitter for Mac may have ground to a halt, it is a worthwhile option for the serious tweeters out there.

To grab this new version, head over to the App Store.


  • http://socialwebtools.info Charnita Fance

    Looks good, but definitely won’t be paying $20 for it.

  • Pac Man

    19.99! You gotta be friggen kidding me!
    I liked this app in beta a lot, but I’d never pay 19.99 for it! Insane!

  • http://about.me/fiz FiZ

    $20? wow, that’s more than just a bit excessive. As much as I liked the alpha/beta, I can’t see spending this much money on a twitter client until I’m running some company’s social media campaign.

    I’ll be sticking with TweetDeck until Tapbots gets a bit more reasonable.

  • Oliver

    20 bucks!? I was convinced I would buy the full version when it came out but honestly don’t think I will anymore. Tweetdeck or the Twitter website will have to suffice.

  • Connor Turnbull

    I’m not in with the price tag. It’s not fair or acceptable to charge this much just because you, as a developer, have invested in a limited platform.

    Plus, I still think it’s one of the ugliest OS X apps i’ve ever seen. I’m sticking with Twitter for Mac.

    • http://thecocoabots.com Tony Arnold

      “Fair”? Do you know how much it costs to support an app long term? Tapbots aren’t the bad guys here — Twitter are. If there were more tokens, sales of Tweetbot would be higher (as it is, there is a ceiling to how many copies they can sell).

      They’re doing the right thing by customers who do choose to purchase Tweetbot by ensuring that their business will still be around to support the app longer term.

      • Jack

        Yes you are right in certain way. We need to support the team by paying for their work and encourage them for further development.

        however, 20 bucks for a twitter client? its a joke. I dont mind payment 20 for a 3D game, i dont mind paying 20 for a text or simple graphic editor. but a twitter client? its a robbery.

        BTW, it is the same price as Mountain Lion!

  • http://www.michaelhohl.net/ Michael

    It is a great app for iOS, but 15,99€ is not acceptable for a Twitter client!

  • Vinicius Dallacqua

    I really liked the alpha and beta versions, and my iOS twitter client is Tweetbot. But for $20 I’ll keep using Twitterrific for Mac, which is a very good twitter client too, and aint that pricy.

  • Wizardgold

    No way will I be buying at that price. I will just do my Twitter stuff on my iPad.

  • http://craigreville.com Craig Reville

    I just paid for this app, not only because it’s a fairly smooth and well rounded app, the icon is stunning and I find it easier to navigate but because without third party developers making such apps, there would be a much higher price to pay when companies like twitter have an app monopoly.

    Plus the last time I checked, it’s never been the big companies that make game changing apps like iAWriter, Sparrow, Coda, Dropbox … they were 3rd party developers that grew into bigger and better companies due to backing and support from their communities.

    • Jack

      You are paying for a Twitter Client with a price of an Operating System. It has the same price as Mountain Lion in app store.

      • http://craigreville.com Craig Reville

        … true, true but this doesn’t stop me from supporting 3rd party developers.

        Mountain Lion is made up of a dozen 3rd party apps cloned by Apple and added to Lion OS X so I’d rather spend my money on the genuine product and support a real cause despite me buying Mountain Lion.

        I simply feel that supporting the 3rd party industry is more important than bargaining and settling with twitter products that may never extend further than their current platform.

  • T. Graham

    It’s so vividly clear that Twitter should be seen as the culprit in this pricing issue.

    Basically,Twitter’s team is consistently being “out designed”, out “UI-ed” by Tap Bots and others. So Twitter is (ungratefully) limiting the amount of people that can use Tapbots and other alternate Twitter interfaces.

    This is an ungrateful new development that Twitter came up with recently, literally pulling the rug out from beneath developers that invested years helping Twitter become the popular platform it is. Shame on Twitter.

  • http://techinch.com/ Matthew Guay

    I manage 4 Twitter accounts, and even though I’ve recently switched much of my personal microblogging to App.net, I still just bought a copy of Tweetbot. I think it’s worth it. But hey, I bought iA Writer when it was $17.99, and still think it was worth it, too.

  • ThinkCandy

    Oh no…not for $20. Heck no. Uh uh. Won’t happen…

  • Stan

    $20 for an app worth max $5? No thank you. The app is great but there is no way to justify the price. After all it’s JUST a twitter client, a good one, but still a client only. I’d rather pay $36/y for app.net

  • http://cissav.com/ Vadim

    It’s hard for me to justify the price. Tweetbot is great, but hey, $20 is too much. I would spend $10 for it.

  • Dennis

    Sorry Tapbots, as much as I love Tweetbot for my iPad and iPhone I’ll be sticking with Twitterific, cheap, great looking and reliable.

  • Ngoc Pham

    I quite liked the app at Beta stage but hell, I won’t spend $20 for it. I think it’s under $10 in average for a Twitter client available out there.

  • Toeachhisown

    I just bought it and am very satisfied with what I got. Believe me I use websites like appshopper to get bargained and wait for holidays and such to save but when I consider how often I use twitter for giveaways, communicating, and different current events I felt certain the $20 was worth it. I am a strong believer in supporting a company if they offer a good product that I have use for on a consistent basis. I rather that than games that add up to that price that only occupied 30-40x hours of my time.

  • Badr

    I love Tweetbot on my iPhone, but $20 for a twitter client? No. I will wait till it goes down to $5 and then I’ll buy it… In the meantime, there is 1.0 in The Pirate Bay.

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