How Tweetbot Made Me Like Twitterrific More

After months of using Tweetbot on iOS and a few weeks of using the alpha on the Mac I decided to switch back to Twitterrific.

Tweetbot picked up steam this past December when it went on sale for 99¢, timed with the new Twitter application. Having switched back to Twitterrific I’ve actually learned to appreciate some of the decisions The Iconfactory made to spare us from complex UX/UI.

My favorite thing about Twitterrific, hands down, is the unified timeline. If I’m using a Twitter app the timeline is usually the only thing I care about at the moment. If I want to see my mentions or messages there are shortcuts for that, but I would’ve probably seen them anyway because they’re in the unified timeline.

Other twitter apps have this crud around the timeline, like the sidebar in both the Tweetbot alpha and the official Twitter for Mac app. Even Tweetbot is adding tweetdeck style columns. I’m not a fan of those. I don’t like to see a badge for unread mentions all the time. I don’t need to have account switching on the sidebar. In fact, I prefer having some extra steps to switch handles and see what’s going on in each Twitter feed. I think it’s a distraction because in some weird way each Twitter handle has it’s own personality—so I want to feel like I’m in the brain of the current Twitter handle. I want there to be more steps to switch identities, because I want it to be very hard to post personal stuff on a work twitter feed and vice-versa.

Of course, Tweetbot does some things that Twitteriffic doesn’t do. Tweetbot supports locations, Twitter’s photo service, list editing, profile editing, and muting.1 It looks like Twitterrific may get an update sometime soon to bring some of the features that Tweetbot has. I look forward to those. But in the meantime, it’s worth more to me to have a unified timeline, an option to hide the sidebar, and a universal keyboard shortcut.

Plus, I like Ollie better than the weird Tweetbot robot bird-thing.

  1. People make a big deal about muting. They want to temporarily mute someone when their tweets get annoying and/or irrelevant, like if they tweet stuff about a Baseball game they don’t like. Sounds good, but I think this happens rarely.