Best Twitter apps for Mac: Tweetbot, Twitter for Mac, Echofon, and more!

Best Twitter apps for Mac: Tweetbot, Twitter for Mac, Echofon, and more!

Find, follow, tweet, retweet, fav, list, and otherwise get your social micro-blogging on with the very best Twitter apps for Mac!

Twitter is great on mobile, but if you're on a desktop or laptop, there's nothing more convenient than a great Twitter app right on your Mac. Sure, you can go to on the web, but lets face it - native is still faster, more persistent, and in many cases, still plain-old better than the browser. If you want a tailored Twitter experience with keyboard shortcuts, multiple columns, multiple simultaneous accounts, and much, much, more, you want a Twitter app. Luckily, there are a bunch available in the Mac App Store. But which one is the best for you? That's where iMore comes in. Here are my favorites!


Best Twitter apps for Mac: Tweetbot

Tweetbot by Tapbots is as good a power-user Twitter app on Mac as it is on iOS. It's got Push and Notification Center support, built-in tweet translation, and support not only for multiple accounts, but multiple columns. Want your mentions or lists or even a search all on screen, all at the same time? No problem. Notifications are also completely customizable for each account and tweet type, so you're only bothered by what you care about. If you're running OS X Mavericks or later, you can quick-reply inside Notification banners as well. Tweetbot can also sit in the menu bar for quick access from anywhere.

If you want a full feature set, excellent support, and price isn't an issue, Tweetbot wins hands down.

Twitter for Mac

Best Twitter apps for Mac: Twitter for Mac

Twitter for Mac is Twitter's official offering and features a sleek interface that's easy to use. Twitter also lets you customize notifications on a granular level. There isn't lots to customize but that's part of the appeal for casual or mainstream customers. Recently Twitter has started focusing a lot on media and images and it shows in Twitter for Mac. Images are beautifully shown inline as are profile images and headers.

If you're new to Twitter, or just want a simple, easy to use, media-rich app, Twitter for Mac fits the bill.


Best Twitter apps for Mac: Echofon for Mac

Echofon can seamlessly sync your tweet position from the Mac to iPhone, iPad, and back. Conversations are easy to see and are represented by blue bubbles next to a tweet. You can click on any tweet and expand into a larger view, which is ideal for images. Echofon also features customizable notifications on a per-user basis.

If you use Twitter across a wide range of Apple devices and want everything in sync, always, you want Echofon.


Best Twitter apps for Mac: Osfoora for Mac

Osfoora for Mac is simple and easy to navigate, and has some interesting features like Now Playing, which lets you tweet out the music you're currently playing on your Mac. Notifications aren't very customizable but Osfoora does offer the option to turn them on or off for tweets, mentions, and DM's.

If design is more important to you than feature set, check out Osfoora.

Head for Twitter

Best Twitter apps for Mac: Head for Twitter

Head isn't a Twitter app, but an add-on. It sits on your desktop in the form of a small circular icon that you can move and position where you'd like. Click on it and Head launched a stripped down version of Twitter. That's pretty much it. There are also Head counterparts for other services such as Facebook and Instagram.

If you value simplicity and don't want to spend a lot, Head for Twitter is a decent option.

Your picks?

If you use Twitter on your Mac quite frequently, what apps have you chosen and why? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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asuperstarr says:

My pick, hands down is Tweetbot. This app has so much personality. You can't go wrong with this app. All of the features are great. My favorite app for iOS as well. Tweetbot!!!!!!!!!!

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Becjr says:

I've been using Twitter with my eye on getting TweetBot when I can force myself to drop 20 clams on it.

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MikhailT says:

YoruFukurou is an awesome Twitter app for Mac, I always come back to it:

Becjr says:

That almost sounds perverted.

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linsiris says:

I also believe tweetbot is on top of the others, but ironically I was using tweedeck, but now made things simpler with the official twitter app.

Dennis Meek says:

Tweetbot is hands down the best twitter app available for iOS.

Steve Doherty says:

"If you use Twitter across a wide range of Apple devices and want everything in sync, always, you want Echofon."

- Not to nitpick, but Tweetbot also syncs via iCloud between Mac and iOS. :)

Allyson Kazmucha says:

Not the same way that Ecofon does, it's a native service. And tbh, tweet syncing never works proper for me with Tweetbot or any other service. Works when it wants. Echofon ALWAYS works :)

Galley says:

I recently purchased Tweetbot for my MacBook Air. I was surprised that the muting feature also offers to mute the current timeline, as well. The iOS version doesn't do that.

mitenpat says:

I think you forgot about twitterrific, its good as well.

jauhari says:

YoruFukurou is Awesome... but Tweetbot UI and Sycn features is super awesome ;)

LaVieBoheme73 says:

I've been an Echofon user for years, particularly because of the syncing. Recently I've stopped using it on my Mac though because there's a bug that causes the side drawer to pop open all the time and totally randomly. It is awful to say the least and Echofon has seemingly done nothing to address it. Of note, there are plenty of others who are having the same issue as I am.