The Mac alpha version of the popular and much anticipated Twitter client TweetBot was recently released with similar convenient features to its mobile iOS counterpart. TweetBot is available for free download, but the developers admit that though it’s usable, it’s not complete or stable. TweetBot may have some bugs, but its UI features make it standout above many other similar Twitter clients.
One of the most notable unique features of TweetBot is how all the main user buttons for making replies, retweets, and marking favorites emerge when you place your cursor over any tweet. It also includes buttons for viewing the details, conversation, retweets, and Favstars of a selected tweet.
When you double-click on a Twitter user’s icon, you get detailed information including the number of tweets and followers, a list of recent tweets, and the Twitter Lists the user subscribes to. This window is also where you can Follow/Unfollow a selected user and send a Direct Message.
Though TweetBot does contain a few noticeable bugs, it’s still super-responsive and intuitive. In this initial version of the desktop client, TweetBot doesn’t include multiple windows, which the developers say will be included in future updates. However, when you click Command+Shift+N, you can open a new duplicate window.
The public alpha version of TweetBot will remain free until version 1.0 is released in the Mac App Store. Until then, you may use the current version at your own risk, with little or not help or support from the developers; though they welcome your feedback.