On MacOS, there isn't quite a better desktop client than Tweetbot. Though the price of entry is a bit steep at $9.99, we've found the app to be more than worth the money for its design, functionality, and multiple account support. Tweetbot is an entirely inconspicuous app on MacOS—it can be as active or inactive as you'd like, with settings for half-screen mode, full-screen mode, or background mode. The Tweetbot icon shows up in your Mac's menu bar at the top of your screen, meaning the app can stay in the foreground or background exactly as often as you need. Let's take a look at this award-winning app for MacOS.
Design-wise, Tweetbot is one of a kind, combining the design language of Twitter—whites, blues, grays, round icons, a fluid reverse-chronological timeline—with what we've seen on MacOS in recent years. The app supports Retina displays, meaning all your text, photos, and icons look sharp on even the newest MacBook Pros. All of your settings, tabs, and options are moved to the far-left in a vertical line, making it easy to check your mentions, messages, trending topics, likes, and more. As you expand and explore throughout the app, your content will open in separate windows to the right of your main timeline, making it easy to view your mentions or replies without navigating away from your timeline or your content. Your saved searches, lists, DM's—all of it is moved into their own window, making it easy to control how your experience feels.
In terms of features, Tweetbot is fully packed to the gills with options. One of our favorite features is support for multiple accounts, a must-have if you do any kind of social media management for companies, brands, or accounts that are outside of your own personal account. It's easy to switch back and forth between these two accounts just by tapping on your personal avatar in the top-left corner of your display, making it easy to switch, read, and post from other accounts. It's one of the main reasons to grab Tweetbot—the account management is so solid that it's impossible not to fall in love with the app as you use it.
One of the best options added into Tweetbot is mute support, which allows you to set up and allow muting on specific key phrases, words, and users that you don't want to see. You can mute for a temporary time or forever, and it's easy to keep that stuff out of your field of view. Hate the divide caused by our current political landscape? Set up a filter with your least favorite political hashtags and users! Can't stand entertainment drama? Block any Kardashian you can learn the name of long enough to enter into a textbox within Tweetbot. Not at home to watch the Oscars and don't want to see your feed hijacked by commentary and film-based quips? Not a problem—Tweetbot can block all of this stuff long enough to keep you in the dark and keep your timeline clean and clear.
Tweetbot also has an iOS app (for an extra surcharge) that largely emulates the experience we've described above onto a smaller display. Tweetbot's an excellent Twitter client for iOS and for Mac, and if you've fully invested into the Apple ecosystem, you'll want to make sure you grab both as soon as you can. The two apps feature a syncing functionality that can help the two apps work together, hand in hand. This includes syncing where you left off in your timeline, unread statuses for tweets you haven't seen, and automatically syncing mute filters, so your experience between the two platforms is consistent and easy-to-follow.
Overall, Tweetbot is our favorite Mac desktop client for Twitter by a longshot. No other apps we tested on the Mac App Store can come close to touching the experience, featureset, and customization offered by Tweetbot, and that's why we love it. Tweetbot might be a bit expensive for a Twitter client, but between its muting functionality, cross-device compatibility and syncing between iOS and MacOS, and support for third-party services like Bitly, Droplr, Pocket, and Instapaper, Tweetbot is incredibly easy to use and makes browsing Twitter a lot more capable and fun than what we've seen from the basic Twitter website. If you're on MacOS and you're a Twitter fanatic, you owe it to yourself to grab this one right away—even at $9.99, you won't regret it.