I’m not a fan of Tapbots’ design style. Gruber calls it “way over the top” in his latest Talk Show Episode (at 52:43) and I completely agree with him.
I don’t mind Tweebot’s iPhone app (and its design) much because it’s by far the best Twitter client on the device, and since all iPhone apps run in full screen mode, I’m also not constantly reminded how different it looks to other apps. However, on the Mac, Tweetbot looks cheap compared to standard UI apps. I like apps that get out of my way when displaying content. Tweetbot is doing the exact opposite by putting a heavy dark frame around it. I want light windows on my screen, not little weird-looking robots.
The other thing I don’t understand about Tweetbot for Mac is its current alpha stadium. Why would they release a feature-incomplete app that feels really sluggish1 on older machines? I might switch to Tweetbot for Mac in a couple of months when it’s ready, but I’ll stay with the official Twitter app for now.
Twitter for Mac is scrolling super-smooth on my 2008 MacBook, Tweetbot is far more stuttery and slow. ↩
I say Bullshit! I think there are several points that make Tweetbot superior to Twitter for Mac.
We can be sure that it’s in development and that new features will be coming to all three versions of Tweetbot in the future. This is quite different to Twitter’s app approach, which currently feels more like «Well, nobody uses Twitter on any device that is not a phone.»
The experience on iPhone, iPad and Mac is very similar. You could argue that this is Twitter’s goal with their official Apps, too, but they do not do a great job. Tweetbot offers me the ability to enjoy Twitter the way I want, not the way Twitter wants.
I’m rather sure that the Tapbot guys wanted to get their client out before Twitter does something incredibly stupid like shutting every third party client down. With their huge userbase, they might be able to change Twitter’s minds. A bigger portfolio of Twitter apps might help with that.
But yes, Max is right about some things. The app isn’t perfect yet, but I am pretty sure they’ll get there, if Twitter doesn’t pull the plug.