App Review: Tweetbot 6

Tweetbot is one of those apps that will always hold a special place in my heart because I have been using it for so long. 

I have been using the app ever since 2012, which is when I was a sophomore in high school. I purchased the app after I had just gotten back home from the hospital after having 9.5 hours of jaw surgery. 

My aunt had sent me some iTunes gift cards and I had heard all of these good things about Tweetbot. So, being the curious 16-year-old I was, I made the purchase. 

To give you a true idea of how long I have been using this app, check out the Instagram post below.

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Fast forward nearly nine years later, I still use the app every single day. There has not been a day where I have not had or used it on my iPhone, iPod Touch (when I used those), iPad or MacBook Pro. 

With all of that said, Tweetbot 6 was released last week and is set to be an app that changes the game for itself and its developers, Tapbots. 

Specifically, the app goes from a one-time purchase to a yearly subscription model. Right now, you can get Tweetbot 6 Premium for either $0.99 a month or $5.99 a year. 

Yes, you can use the app without its premium features, but that only enables you to read the tweets and not be able to post tweets. 

As for the look of the app, even though I already liked Tweetbot 5’s look and feel, this app is certainly an upgrade, even if it is a minimal one. The new app icon is a nice addition to the app. 

What makes the app shine is some other new features. The top one for me is being able to view polls and see the results of them in the Twitter app, and I now can see pinned tweets. 

What has always drawn me to Tweetbot, which is another reason I love its sixth incarnation, is it has all of my tweets in a chronological order and has a beautiful UI to show it off. 

However, what makes this app shine even more is it does not have any sponsored or promoted tweets in it. You get all of your tweets in the order they came in with no ads. 

The app basically takes most of the good parts of Twitter and gets rid of the bad an unnecessary ones, such as Moments, ads before tweets with videos in them, promoted tweets and Twitter’s newest feature, Fleets. 

Where the app does have problems is when it comes to on-time notifications. Twitter did restrict this feature in an API change a couple of years ago, so I personally have Twitter and Tweetbot 6 on my iPhone and iPad to get those on-time notifications. It’s not the fault of Tapbots, but more so the fault of the current Twitter API that doesn’t let them take advantage of prompt notifications for Tweetbot users. 

Lastly, I like that the app shows links from articles posted from websites, even if the media entity did not upload the image along with the tweet. Granted, I have not seen this done with every single article posted on Twitter, but I have seen it on some which is a nice change. 

Needless to say, in my book, Tweetbot 6 is getting 4/4 stars from me. It adds new features and keeps me hooked, even with it’s new subscription model. For someone like me who uses the app every single day, a subscription for just $5.99 a year is nothing. 

Rating: 4/4 stars 

Do you plan on getting and subscribing to Tweetbot 6? Make to sure to give us a shout about it on Twitter at @appleosophy. Bonus points if you use Tweetbot 6 to make that tweet too!

Tweetbot has a version available on the Mac as well that costs $9.99 and is a one-time purchase. 

David Becker
Author: David Becker

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