iOS? Twitter? Get Tweetbot
Last night I was having a quick convo with Zach on Twitter about people spoiling Game Of Thrones. He basically threatened harm on anyone that posted spoilers. He was kidding… I think. In any case, I suggested that he use a Mute function for all #GameOfThrones or #GoT tags. It’s the standard reply I give any user on Twitter that has issues with spoilers. As is typically the case when I give mute advice, someone else was curious how they could get in on the action. Every time I’m asked this question I give the same reply:
I lucked into this program after catching a review from my favourite tech vlogger SoldierKnowsBest about a year ago. At the time it didn’t have Push Notifications so I immediately dismissed it. About six months ago, they added Push and have been steadily increasing the features ever since. In fact, this program is more feature laden than any other Twitter app I can think of. None of it comes off cluttered. They managed to find a balance between swipes and taps to get the most functionality with the least amount of work. Above is the standard layout. You can set your fonts for small/medium/large and either Twitter handle or full name. The first 3 buttons you see are fixed. Timeline/Mentions/Direct Message. The last two options are variable for Favourites/Lists/Retweets/Mute/Search/Profile. Personally I like having search options at all times so I keep that handy and Profile in case I need to see what I wrote or easy tracking of conversations.
There’s a wide spectrum of customization options within the settings. I didn’t feel like screen capping every sub menu but trust me in my saying it’s extensive. Recent updates to the program even allow for iCloud integration. For example, if you have Tweetbot on iPhone and iPad, it’ll sync your changes. Anyone that uses Twitter on more than one app can tell you if you read your mentions/DM in one spot, it still shows up as unread elsewhere. With Tweetbot, they took that annoyance right out of the equation. You pick up where you left off.
I love this particular feature. Tweetbot allows you to track your conversations both before and after your tweets with a swipe of your finger/thumb. Swipe right and you get all the previous tweets before your reply. Swipe Left and you get a detailed account of both previous tweets and replies afterwards. Any post within your specific timeline has full options available for reply/RT/etc. They covered all the bases with their detail view.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t touch on the mute function. This little feature is a GODSEND! You can mute people, topics, hashtags, even entire twitter clients. You can set ranges for how long you want to mute a person/thing and have full customization options if you change your mind on any aspect of their muting. As you can see, this came in very handy during the latter half of the Leafs season.
For all you Power Users or Community Managers or anything that have you overseeing multiple accounts, yes Tweetbot supports as many accounts as you need and each account has it’s own personalized customization options.
Yes I use it on both platforms. The iPad version is essentially the same app outside of aesthetics.
At $2.99 Tweetbot is of ridiculous value. It is by far the best iOS Twitter app on the market right now. I’ve tried just about every Twitter client out there and there’s only a few that come close. If you’ve got an iOS device and you use Twitter, you owe it to yourself to make this switch.