Tweetbot 3 (iOS) review: A great Twitter alternative with useful additions

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.4
  • Installation and Setup: 9.0
  • Features and Support: 8.0
  • Interface: 8.0
  • Performance: 9.0
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The Good Tweetbot 3 has a new design for iOS 7, gesture-based browsing for your timeline, customizable buttons, and tons of useful features.

The Bad You can't schedule tweets in advance. The app doesn't give you a summary of new followers or when they follow you.

The Bottom Line Twitter users who don't like the official client should check out this well-polished and feature-rich option that makes browsing your timeline fun.

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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.

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Tweetbot 3 (iOS)

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  • Regional specs shown for US. UK specs are unavailable.

  • Category Social networking
  • Compatibility iOS