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A new Twitter client for iPhone and iPad launched today that aims to make it easier for users to manage their timeline and make the relentless stream of content on the social platform less overwhelming.

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Nighthawk for iOS comes with several Smart Filter features that go beyond the ability to mute certain words and phrases, offering hundreds of human-curated filters for hiding tweets related to everything from politics to movie spoilers.
Your timeline should reflect what you care about, not the opaque agenda of a black-box algorithm. By default, Nighthawk displays tweets in the timeline chronologically, the way nature intended.

You're bound to come across some tweets that might rub you the wrong way, which is why Nighthawk provides tons of human-curated filters. Looking to take a break from election chatter? Add the U.S. Politics filter. Excited to see The Rise of Skywalker? Add the Star Wars filter and hide tweets with potential spoilers.
In addition to the topic filters, Nighthawk features a Close Friends timeline that surfaces tweets from users that you're likely to be most interested in seeing and hides everything else.

In that sense, the Close Friends feature is a bit like a Twitter list, but Nighthawk's developers say they've built the interface from the ground up with speed and accessibility in mind, so it should be a more enjoyable experience.

Nighthawk's developers say they're not trying to compete with or replace popular third-party apps like Tweetbot and Twitterrific. Rather, they see Nighthawk as a companion to these clients in offering users a more personal, streamlined Twitter experience when they want it.

Other Nighthawk features include rich link previews, haptic feedback, custom home screen icons, and dark and light modes that can switch dynamically with the system. The app costs $3.99 upfront, doesn't include ads and doesn't harvest user data. Nighthawk is available on the App Store today. [Direct Link]

Article Link: 'Nighthawk' Twitter Client Launches With Smart Filters, Close Friends Timeline, and More
 

newyorksole

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Seems interesting. I’ve been a TweetBot guy since day 1, but think I’ll spend the money for yet another app Lol.

If you follow the right people, Twitter is definitely the undefeated social media platform.
 

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Seems interesting. I’ve been a TweetBot guy since day 1, but think I’ll spend the money for yet another app Lol.

If you follow the right people, Twitter is definitely the undefeated social media platform.

I had been as well, but the way Twitter's gutted their APIs for third parties forced me back to the main client, which honestly isn't bad at all. I also like the blue-ish "middle" dark mode setting. I do miss the sort of nose in the air feeling I got from using Tweetbot (which I still have, and have paid for every version, iOS and macOS).

This new app is curious.
 

newyorksole

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I had been as well, but the way Twitter's gutted their APIs for third parties forced me back to the main client, which honestly isn't bad at all. I also like the blue-ish "middle" dark mode setting. I do miss the sort of nose in the air feeling I got from using Tweetbot (which I still have, and have paid for every version, iOS and macOS).

This new app is curious.

I try to like the official Twitter app, but I just can’t. TweetBot is much more enjoyable to me. Love how everything is laid out. I’ll report back with what I think about this new 1.
 
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H3LL5P4WN

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I checked it out on the App Store. It seems that it's not quite fully baked yet (such as no multiple account support, and in fact, you can't sign out unless you delete the app).
 
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Only one question, why does the hawk look like a pigeon?

It's a baby hawk, it has not yet learnt the ways of the world. It's the innocence that you see. ;)
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I get that. I switch back sometimes and it's honestly some of the little things that take me back to the official client.

For me, I stay with the official client since I like to have the push notifications from a select few. Although, with the small number I have, I should probably give the other clients a go again. I have both Twitterific and TweetBot and consider them better with respect to lack of ads and forced promotions.
 

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I would be fine with the official twtter app, but at least half the tweets I see now are from people I don't follow. Sometimes it's a post that was liked by someone I follow. More and more it's a post that wasn't even liked but just happens to be someone followed by someone I follow. I WOULD FOLLOW THAT PERSON IF I WANTED TO FOLLOW THEM PLEASE STOP.
 

IowaLynn

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$3.99 for a rough one week old alpha attempt it seems. No Free with $0.99 in-app just to beta test? Mostly a concept. And greedy.
 

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Meh. I think I'll stick with Tweetbot.

I also immediately thought of Step Brothers when I read the name of the app.
 

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$3.99 for a rough one week old alpha attempt it seems. No Free with $0.99 in-app just to beta test? Mostly a concept. And greedy.

Hi there!

I'm the developer on this project, so I just thought I would quickly clarify that this is definitely more than one week old — my partner, who led design efforts, and I began development six months ago, and the app is the result of a lot of introspection, user research, and attempts to bring new ideas to the table for how a Twitter app can work. There's a lot more going on here than meets the eye at first.

For example, those filters aren't just lists of words that we've muted. They're each algorithms that use a lot of different factors, some we get from Twitter and some which we have to perform on-device analysis using tools like those offered in CoreML to ascertain, and we're hoping to bring out a system soon that lets you write your own sort of like you can make a smart folder in the Finder.

It's not perfect by any means, but we're laying a foundation now that we plan to continue building on, and matching the work of a massive multi-million-dollar iOS team at Twitter with two people is simply impossible. I'll be extremely lucky if I break even from the freelance work I turned down to focus my work outside my normal 9-5 job on this; we went in knowing it was probably a losing proposition, at least as we release our first version. So we're definitely not trying to be greedy.

We already have a lot of tweaks and fixes lined up for next year, many of which have beeen mentioned in this comments section as current issues. I look forward to bringing those out.

We're trying to experiment and bring new ideas to the table, and I know that's not for everyone. If it's not for you, that's OK. And if you already bought it and you're unhappy, we would strongly encourage you to use Apple's process to get a refund — the last thing we want is money from someone who thinks their purchase wasn't worth it.
 

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I had been as well, but the way Twitter's gutted their APIs for third parties forced me back to the main client, which honestly isn't bad at all. I also like the blue-ish "middle" dark mode setting. I do miss the sort of nose in the air feeling I got from using Tweetbot (which I still have, and have paid for every version, iOS and macOS).

This new app is curious.
I'll delete my account before I use Twitter's app. If Tweetbot loses anymore APIs, I'm done.
 
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Does the official client show "promoted posts"?

I sometimes see tiny Promoted symbols as displayed in the dark mode shots, but never the bold categorisation as displayed in the white-background screen capture.
 

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Silverstring

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Hi there!

I'm the developer on this project,

Hi Nathan,

I bought the app because I am intrigued by the concept/direction and don’t mind a $4 gamble. On first glance, I really like the sense of personality you guys have imbued in the app.

Out of curiosity, what type of tweets does the “Doctor On Board?” Smart Filter try to filter out? Thanks.
 

MisterSavage

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It looks interesting. It's painful trying to avoid Rise of Skywalker spoilers right now so this might be right up my alley.
 

drinkingtea

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What’s the point of this? Tweetbot is better designed and I use lists to scroll through the exact people I want to read, so I don’t get the point of the filtering friend option.
 
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