Customize Twitter with Tweetbot for iPad — iPad App Review

Tweetbot for iPad recently joined its iPhone-only predecessor. Both apps allows users to tweak their tweets. With Tweetbot users can customize their Twitter experience. A user can customize almost every aspect of the Twitter experience from the font size of the timeline, how his name is displayed and how the app handles retweets.

Tweetbot supports URL shortening, photo and video uploading, as well as Instapaper, Pinboard, Readability, and Read It Later. Tweetbot also includes a Web mobilizer via Google, Instapaper, and Readability. The application also displays images inline and integrates location services as well as Favstar.fm, for anyone who uses it.

I spent more time exploring the search function than I ever have using Twitter’s native app. Searching on Twitter isn’t as user-friendly as it could be. Tweetbot improves upon Twitter’s app by giving search its own section. It also allows the user to browse through various Twitter accounts by user.

This is also where the mute function can be applied. Muting might be Tweetbot’s best kept secret. It’s like hiding someone’s feed on Facebook — they aren’t going to know you’ve tuned them out. A user can be muted for lengths of time that vary from 24 hours to permanently.

Download Tweetbot for iPad from the App Store for $2.99.

What I liked: Tweetbot’s enhanced search features makes it much easier to use than the native Twitter app. I liked being able to change the date in the new tweets bar from “relative” (i.e 1 day ago) to “persistant” (i.e. 2/16/12 2:35 p.m.). It is also easier to access past tweets in Tweetbot than it is in Twitter’s app.

What I didn’t like: It lacks an integrated notification system like Twitter’s iPad app uses. The user has to open the app to find out that he has a new direct message or a retweet.

To buy or not to buy: Tweetbot for iPad performs as expected, but doesn’t improve upon Twitter’s own (free) iPad client enough to justify the cost for many users. Users who are keen to search or use the mute function may want to switch to Tweetbot. Plus, if a user plans to use the app on the iPhone and the iPad he has to buy it separately since it isn’t universal.

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About Emily: Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite