Tweetbot 3 for iOS adds new improvements to the popular Twitter client along with a cool way to handle images posted to in your Timeline. Unfortunately, Tweetbot 3 doesn't tell you how many people have followed you, and it still doesn't have a way to schedule tweets.
Like every alternative Twitter client, Tweetbot's challenge is not only to match up with the official Twitter app on iOS, but a strong set of twitter alternatives that continue to fill up the App Store. But Tweetbot 3, even with the minor issues it has, is a solid standout among the best apps in the category.
Great layout, slick controls
What Tweetbot does well is give you a great way to read through your timeline with a newly flattened look to fit in with the iOS 7 design scheme. A small tab shows up in the upper right when you have new tweets and shows you how many you have missed. Buttons across the bottom of the interface include ways to quickly jump to your timeline, mentions, and direct messages, and then lets you choose how to use the last two buttons on the right.
When you tap and hold the last two buttons, a menu pops up where you can select from favorites, search, profile, lists, blocked users (more on this later) or retweets. I like this feature because it lets people set up whichever they use the most rather than having to dig around through menus.
When you come across an image in your timeline, you can tap it and Tweetbot 3 brings it up full screen, darkening the rest of the interface. To close the image, you can tap it again and it does a sort of zoom animation to go back to your timeline or -- for a little more fun -- you can flick it off the screen in any direction. It's not a game changer, but it's definitely an elegant and fun way to handle images rather than just directing you to another page.
Catching up with people you follow
When you're just browsing your timeline, Tweetbot has elegant controls for looking at tweets and performing common actions. When you touch a tweet in your timeline, you get quick controls for favoriting, retweeting and other common activities. But when you find a tweet you like and want more info, you can swipe to the left to get more details, such as how many favorites and retweets the post has received. You also have buttons across the bottom for replies, retweets, and favorites, and a share button that has even more options.
With the share button, you can send a tweeted story to your Safari Reading List, copy the link from the tweet, copy the whole tweet, or send it to a friend via e-mail. The Safari Reading List feature here is my favorite because it lets me save stories from my timeline for later when I'm just in the mood to scan headlines. But it also supports sending stories to Instapaper, Pinboard, Readability, and Pocket.