Tweetbot for iOS Updated With New 'Topics' Feature for Linking Multiple Related Tweets

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Popular third-party Twitter client Tweetbot was updated to version 4.3 today, adding a new "Topics" feature that's designed to link multiple related Tweets together in a cohesive way. Tweetbot's Topics function is built around the Twitter feature that links Twitter conversations, something that clever Twitter users have utilized for "Tweetstorms."

    Twitter has no built-in tool for handling grouped Tweets, leading Tweetbot to fill the void with its new "Topics" function. Tweets composed as a topic in Tweetbot will be linked all together via Twitter's built-in conversation threading and they'll also use the same hashtag so each Tweetstorm is viewable in a cohesive way to Twitter users regardless of the Twitter client being used to view the Tweets.


    Sans Tweetbot, one would link several tweets together in a "Tweetstorm" by writing an initial tweet and then replying to that tweet, deleting the username at the start of the tweet. Though the username is removed, the tweets are still linked together in a conversation. Tweetbot's Topic feature simplifies this process.

    Linking multiple tweets together is often desirable in situations where a single tweet won't suffice, such as a lengthy rant or live event coverage.
    Topics can be created by tapping on the Settings gear when composing a Tweet. Making a topic will prompt users to give the topic a title and an optional Hashtag, with another option to save the Tweets as a collection, visible in the Tweetbot app or embeddable in websites.

    Today's update also includes several other tweaks to Tweetbot, including an option to hide the extra side column on the iPad, improved support for hardware keyboards, options for pasting images when composing a tweet, and more.
    Tweetbot can be downloaded from the App Store for $9.99. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Tweetbot for iOS Updated With New 'Topics' Feature for Linking Multiple Related Tweets
  2. John Mcgregor Suspended

    John Mcgregor

    Aug 21, 2015
  3. darkpaw macrumors 6502


    Sep 13, 2007
    London, England
    Yay, a new feature. Woe, all the old bugs I've raised a hundred times with Tapbots are still there.

    Seriously, guys, how can you not be working on these things?
  4. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    I think this is a fairly solid update. Fixed the most annoying bug (timeline would get stuck), single column mode on iPad and iPhone Plus, topics, and collections.
  5. citizenrich macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2016
    Love the app but still won't use it because i can't see the mutes that I use on the Twitter side either on the followers tab or on individual Twitterers. Devs rolling their own mute filter is great and more powerful, but respect the existing ones.

    API makes it available too:
  6. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    They also make you re-buy every major update. I refuse to pay for version 4 as the changes over version 3 are very small
  7. SethBoy macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2007
    Worse, Tweetbot 4 doesn’t have extension support unlike 3. Count me in the camp who’d probably skip paying for new versions again.
  8. Simplicated macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    Developers have to eat. It's your freedom to choose not to pay, but complaining about paid upgrades is another matter.
  9. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    I didn't complain about it, I stated it as a fact. Then I gave the reason why I made my choice not to pay, this is a forum for discussion after all
  10. ahmede, May 7, 2016
    Last edited: May 7, 2016

    ahmede macrumors member

    May 14, 2011
    Even though i use tweetbot 4
    I can't understand why people give this app such a high rating in the app store

    Its a totally stripped down version of the twitter app missing some key features like

    Notifications for specific users

    Media pix are limited

    No option to attach media in DM's

    Until their ratings drop , nothing will change

    Their support is an arrogant bunch .
  11. Paradoxally macrumors 68000

    Feb 4, 2011
    Oh please, those are hardly key features. If you said polls, then yes.

    Tweetbot excels because it's a fantastic Twitter experience that focuses on the content and not ads that are littered around the entire official app. The fonts on the official app are also huge.

    Twitter's app has no streaming. Its 2016. How can this still be lacking? Echofon had this as early as 2010 (yes, 6 YEARS ago).

    Tweetbot has a excellent time based mute filter; with Twitter it's either all or nothing. If I want to mute someone for just 1 day I can't. I can't even set a list as my timeline if I wanted to.

    Also, the topics in the latest version are a sign that Tweetbot continues to innovate. Now let's see how long Twitter takes to update their app. Twitters Mac app is a joke too; Tapbot's is actually usable.

    Twitter's iOS and Mac developers consistently give other software engineers masterclasses on how NOT to develop for the platform. They are second only to Facebook, who has no clue what battery life and privacy means.

    A note to all novice developers: if you want to follow standards and guidelines for users to not be completely pissed off while using your app, simply do everything that Twitter and Facebook don't do.
  12. Mr. C. macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2010
    Tweetbot actually introduced muting years before Twitter did [], at which point MacRumors commented:
    That being said, I can’t wait for the “Topics” feature to arrive on the Mac. These little improvements are the reason why I love apps such as Tweetbot so much.
  13. MacBH928 macrumors 68030


    May 17, 2008
    How does Twitter benefit from giving out an API for Tweetbot when it blocks their ads?
  14. igorsky, May 7, 2016
    Last edited: May 7, 2016

    igorsky Suspended

    Mar 9, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    I've been using Tweetbot for years and can honestly say the I can't figure out how this is a $10 app. Time-based mute filters are great, as is the fact that you can use in-app Safari with ad blockers, but I can't think of anything else than distinguishes it from other clients. 3D Touch has been impelemented very lazily, and there are bugs that have existed since 4.0. As another poster said, this may be my last purchase from Tapbots if there aren't improvements.
  15. ahmede macrumors member

    May 14, 2011

    Some great marketing for Tweetbot
  16. kristoffer4 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 17, 2006
    I just got a new mac and is there anyway to get Tweetbot to fill the whole screen in fullscreen on mac? I’m on a retina display.

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