Twitterrific for Mac is Back: First Impressions and Comparison With Tweetbot

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    After raising over $100,000 on Kickstarter earlier this year, The Iconfactory today has released an all-new, completely reimagined version of Twitterrific for Mac priced at $19.99 on the Mac App Store [Direct Link] in the United States.


    The Iconfactory said its goal was to deliver a minimal Twitter client, like the original Twitterrific for Mac, but with a feature set that caters to how people use Twitter in 2017, as opposed to 2007.

    Only eight months have passed since the crowdfunding campaign began, so some key features are still missing at launch, but The Iconfactory promises they will be added in subsequent updates to the app.

    I was provided with an advanced preview of the brand new Twitterrific for Mac over the weekend to try out, and I've gathered some of my first impressions as a longtime Tweetbot for Mac user herein.

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  2. AndyK macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2008
    Why they would price themselves at twice their direct competition's point to offer less features & polish is beyond me. Seems more like a $ grab with a promise of development that will bring dubious returns.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Wow, 20 bucks for a twitter app, seems a bit unrealistic.
  4. haruhiko macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2009
    $100K free money for them to develop the app, and charging $20 a copy afterwards, while Tweetbot is $10, official client is $0 and web version is $0.
  5. mhoutman macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2016
    I was using Tweetbot both on iOS and macOS for years but waited for Twitterrific Mac to be released. It was certainly not planned (in the contrary) but than came the Kickstarter campaign which I backed immediately.

    I agree this first release is very functional but - of course - feature wise not in par with Tweetbots. Yet I do not regret backing this app development as after a few days working and learning I have completely forgotten Tweetbot.

    Last but not least the MAS price sfor Twitterrific seems a bit high, although I can remember Tapbots had a same price level for Tweetbot in the past. They even lowered Pastebot 2 pricing in 2 days….

    P.S Still don't understand what Twitter do themselves. I remember Tweetie which was in ongoing development, but now it is a different story (on Mac)
  6. JosephAW macrumors 65816


    May 14, 2012
    Who cares about the icon evolution, what about competitive features and price?
  7. pward macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2008
    This is £19.99 in the UK - my first reaction was '£20?! (gulp)'

    I like Twitterrific for iOS but the price of the Mac version is off-putting.
  8. mwjdavies macrumors member


    Jul 14, 2008
    Just need them to sort out the WatchOS version now ;)
  9. scottishwildcat macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2007
    Good quality Twitter apps have to price themselves high these days to avoid people just trying it out, using up a Twitter token, and then never using it again (but not freeing up their token). People who really need a good quality Twitter app will have no problem paying 20 notes for it, which was by no means an outrageous price for software before the App Store started the race to the bottom.
  10. Jasd macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2017
    20 bucks is allot of money for an app where there are many alternatives. Is there even a market for 3rd part apps like there used to be a few years back? The official twitter app has seen great improvements on its desktop client and will make do for 99% of non business use twitter users.
  11. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 68030


    Jul 10, 2008
    Pretty snooze review. People aren't going to buy and wait around hoping features are added. Lack of buying will mean less development and less likelihood features will be added.
  12. JarScott macrumors 601


    May 19, 2011
    United Kingdom
    Yes, that's one thing the Mac App Store does right: the best desktop Twitter clients on the market. Anything for Windows 10 is trash - including the official Twitter app.
  13. itsmilo macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2016
    too expensive, i dont spent more than 1.99 € on an app. I do like their iPhone app tho, no ads
  14. Fuchal macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
  15. ThisIsNotMe macrumors 68000

    Aug 11, 2008
    If Twitter has any interest in saving its platform it would remove most of its public APIs
  16. ck2875 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2009
    I didn't back the Kickstarter since I wanted a copy from the MAS, but look forward to buying this once I get home from work.
  17. bibyfok macrumors 6502


    Jun 14, 2012
    Same for me: Quality software has a price, and considering the time I spend on it...
  18. coolfactor macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    I use Tweetbot because it's better than the official Twitter client. But Tweetbot does not "feel" like a native Mac app. It has an unnatural click-behavior. I find myself clicking multiple times and not getting the response that I expect. And it has some weird UI conventions, like displaying a popup menu when closing the window.

    Sorry Tweetbot, I gave you a fair chance, but your developers are arrogant (based on my support ticket responses), they pass the blame too often, and they don't seem to understand what makes the Mac magical. They tried too hard to bring an iOS app to the Mac, and that's the level of convergence that is unnecessary. But at least they did a better job than the official Twitter team.

    Time to try Twitterific.
  19. bwintx macrumors regular


    Jul 17, 2002
    On macOS: Have yet to see a good reason not to use the browser-based Tweetdeck over any of these. (And, yes, I do miss the good ol' Tweetdeck standalone app.) As for the official Twitter app itself: since Twitter owns Tweetdeck, it could add its show-stopper, the auto-refresh feature, at any time; why that hasn't happened continues to baffle me.

    On iOS: Same note re the official Twitter app, but I have found Echofon Pro to be a good app there.
  20. coolfactor macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    Ha... I just went to purchase Twitterific from the Mac App Store in Canada, and the price is $27.99. Sorry... that's a deal-breaker for me.

    The current exchange rate would only be $24.97, so to be charging an extra $4, when there's zero extra cost to the development team, doesn't sit right with me. I will not purchasing it simply out of principle.
  21. fumi2014 macrumors member

    May 21, 2014
  22. KtothaEvin macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2017
    Agreed! What a joke!
  23. MacGizmo macrumors 6502a


    Apr 27, 2003
    It looks no different than the years-old version they already had, and it's still missing the features the old version was. I don't get what they used that $100K for.
  24. MBX macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2006
    The biggest issue with this app is not just the price.

    When new tweets come in it doesn't stick to top. So you have to manually scroll through the tweets to the top every time. This is super annoying when the official twitter client automatically streams tweets & sticks to top.

    Also you can't see any likes by other people due to API issues.

    Overall price to steep indeed for an app that lacks some features.
  25. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
    I see others talking about the live streaming issue and i'll hold off until they fix this.

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