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 Twitter.com 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!
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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.
- $19.99 - Download Now (opens in new tab)
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.
- Free - Download Now (opens in new tab)
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.
- $9.99 - Download Now (opens in new tab)
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.
- $4.99 - Download Now (opens in new tab)
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.
- $0.99 - Download Now (opens in new tab)
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!
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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!!!!!!!!!! Sent from the iMore App
I use Tweetbot, and I like it - but I'm not crazy about how difficult it is to find our who favorited your tweets. Clicking the tweet shows me how many favs it has, but not specifically who.
I've been using Twitter with my eye on getting TweetBot when I can force myself to drop 20 clams on it. Sent from the iMore App
YoruFukurou is an awesome Twitter app for Mac, I always come back to it: https://sites.google.com/site/yorufukurou/home-en
That almost sounds perverted.
xD Sent from the iMore App
Oh god, give it up
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.
Tweetbot is hands down the best twitter app available for iOS.
"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. :)
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 :)
It's Tweetbot dudes, totally.
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.
I think you forgot about twitterrific, its good as well.
YoruFukurou is Awesome... but Tweetbot UI and Sycn features is super awesome ;)
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.
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