Tweetbot has Hatched!
It’s hard to believe that it has been over a year since we started working on our little Twitter client. During the time, Twitter didn’t have a native client. It was about 2 and a half months after when they decided to purchase Tweetie for the iPhone. It came as quite a shock for us and many remember us writing a blog post announcing our work on Tweetbot as well as questioning its future. Well fast forward a year and here we are launching our most anticipated app!
What Makes Tweetbot So Special?
Yes, Tweetbot has all the polish and shine you’ve come to expect from a Tapbots app, but that’s not enough to convince everyone to try it. We needed to bring something new to the table.
The most important feature in Tweetbot is its powerful gesture system. This system makes interacting with tweets much more efficient. Want to reference the source of a conversation? Just swipe the tweet to the right. Did someone ask a question on twitter and you are interested in seeing replies? Just swipe to the left. Want tweet details? Double-tap a tweet. You can also double-tap links and a user’s avatar to go straight to the link or user’s profile respectively. Want to quickly block a spammer? Hold down on the user’s avatar for quick options. The same goes for accessing link options.
The second big feature is being able to use your lists as your timeline. Many other clients provide access to lists, but they don’t seem to make them any more important than Twitter does themselves. We wanted to make lists as useful as your main timeline. Sometimes you are following too many people and want to view tweets from smaller groups of people. Tweetbot makes them very accessible.
Another problem we wanted to solve was having more than 5 items in the tab bar. Many apps waste a tab with the “more” button. We decided to keep all 5 tabs as primary navigation and allow the user to quickly select a hidden tab item from either of the last two tabs. Just hold down on one of the tabs and select a new one.
Tweetbot is Missing Feature X!
Before you instantly dismiss Tweetbot from having every single feature on the planet, keep in mind that this is version 1.0. We have a big list of features that just didn’t make the first release. Some take longer than others or are just not as important. The bottom line is, we had to ship at some point. We felt Tweetbot in its current state made a good 1.0 and we decided to ship now instead of 2-3 months later. So please be patient with us as we continue to make Tweetbot a better client. Landscape support for composing, viewing images, websites, and videos is coming. We are also looking into our options for native push notifications. We’ve got a big list.
A small percentage of users might have been disappointed to have Tweetbot crash on launch. If you are still running an iPhone 3G or 2nd Gen iPod touch, we are very sorry for this issue. There’s a bug in Apple’s compiler and we screwed up by not testing it enough and catching it earlier. But the good news is, we already submitted a fix for this and have asked Apple to kindly expedite the approval process. We hope it comes out soon. To reiterate, this only affects the older devices.
We’ve had many people ask if we will do an iPad or Mac OS version of the app. The answer right now is, “We don’t know.” We will wait and see how things pan out regarding Twitter and the life of [new] 3rd party apps in general.
We truly thank all the alpha/beta testers and our localizers for their hard work, support, and feedback. We also thank our customers for supporting us over the past 3 years. We would not be able to live our dream creating great software without you.
So what are you waiting for? Grab Tweetbot now before the sale ends!
Here are a few mentions about Tweetbot from various sources:
“Go buy it, trust me. I’ve been using beta versions for the past few weeks and it quickly became my favorite Twitter client.” — John Gruber, Daring Fireball
“It’s simply very well designed and great for power users — particularly those who use Twitter Lists.” — MG Siegler, TechCrunch
“Tweetbot was a risk for Tapbots, but they managed to build the best Twitter client for iPhone I’ve ever had.” — Federico Viticci, MacStories
“Tweetbot has more personality than any other Twitter client out there.” — Shawn Blanc
“If you spend a good deal of your life on Twitter, then you couldn’t find a more pleasant client to spend it with than Tweetbot.” — Matthew Panzarino, The Next Web