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Tweetbot for Mac OS X Review

Tweetbot for Mac OS X Review

Love it or hate it, Twitter is huge and here to stay and in its defence, it can be both a fun and useful networking tool, as well as a way to stalk celebrities, as much as they will let you anyway. Tweetbot has previously proven successful on the iPhone and iPad and now it has a new incarnation for OS X but is it worth downloading? One look at the $19.99 price tag in the App Store may cause you to stop and reconsider since there are many cheaper alternatives out there but if you do so, you may be missing out.

Tweetbot is an app that presents Twitter with a slightly different layout, reworked to be more user-friendly and convenient. While this may be more suited to the touchscreen technology found in the iPhone and iPad, the app has made a successful transition to the Mac and is just as easy to use here as on the other devices. The gestures obviously had to go but it is all too easy to replace them with clicks of the mouse. For example, double-clicking a tweet will display the conversation it is attached to, if any, so you can see it in context, while the trackpad adopts the familiar gestures and achieves the same effect when you swipe over the tweet with two fingers.

The app has a very clear layout with a navigation bar on the left side of the screen, which provides shortcuts to your mentions, direct messages, favourites and all the other parts of your account that Twitter has to offer. You can also configure multiple accounts to the app and it will keep them all together in a neat list, which allows you to switch between them at any time.

Composing a tweet is as easy as it can be and once it is written you can select which profile posts it before it goes out, although you may need to be cautious here in case you tweet the wrong things to the wrong audience. You can also apply other information to your tweet, such as a picture or your location, all with a simple click. You can even set up multiple timelines in different columns, which is a good way to organise all the accounts you follow or keep track of your own tweets while you continue reading the Twitter feed. These multiple columns can be slightly cumbersome however and it is one of the app’s minor flaws that if you wish to change the information that is displayed in the secondary column, you have to close it and reopen it again. In fact, shortcuts are slightly lacking and it could certainly do with some more to make things easier.

But minor complaints aside this is overall a very effective Twitter app and possibly preferable to visiting the actual site. It gives you a bit more control over your own accounts as well as the way you read and send tweets. The layout is clear and simple enough and it has made a successful transition to the Mac.

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