We are very happy to announce that Tweetbot for Mac is finally available for sale on the Mac App Store! It’s been a long (and bumpy) road, but we are glad we have finally made it to the 1.0 milestone. This is our first official Mac App from Tapbots (unless you want to count Pastebot Sync), and thanks to Todd Thomas for all his hard work, we have something to be proud of. But it doesn’t end here. We are working on version 1.1 and have much more coming to all versions of Tweetbot.
Several weeks ago, after running into some issues with both of my Macs, I decided it was about time to start afresh with a clean install of Mountain Lion on each. In doing so, I inadvertently blocked my ability to use the Tweetbot Beta — an app I had grown increasingly to rely upon.
Suddenly cut off from Tapbots phenomenal app, my Twitter usage became virtually non-existent. I attempted to use Twitter for Mac, Osfoora, and even Twitter.com, but I never felt comfortable with any of those offerings.
So, in the time since, I've been quietly clamoring for the final release of Tweetbot for Mac — easily the best Twitter experience a Twitter user can enjoy on a Mac. Judging by the press coverage of the Tweetbot Alpha/Beta, I suspect I was most certainly not alone in this desire.
Today, Tapbots has released Tweetbot for Mac on the Mac App Store. It has a charming new icon, iCloud compatibility, and a great many other new features — all of which combine to render Tweetbot for Mac a truly wonderful piece of software.
Upon hearing the news of its release, I rushed to the Mac App Store and immediately paid the full purchase price for the app without any hesitation whatsoever.
And I'd unquestionably do the same again.
Upon returning to the world of Twitter, I was greeted with a depressing echo chamber of claims that Tweetbot for Mac is too expensive. Beyond the obvious, the most perplexing element of this emotional reaction is the fact that each of these disappointed people are fully cognizant of Tweetbot's obvious superiority over its competitors. These people want Tweetbot for Mac and the experience therein. They need the functionality tendered by the polished UI and well-considered third party integration.
And yet, ironically tweeting from Tweetbot for iOS, these users are unwilling to support an independent developer that has — and will continue to be — threatened by Twitter for the production of an app of endless utility for the end-user. For all of the hand-wringing and discontent swirling around Twitter and App.net, these people are unable to part with a mere $20 to not only gain the experience they want, but also to keep a developer financially afloat.
The situation is grounded in fundamental economics. Tweetbot for Mac is limited in its distributable numbers, thus, Tapbots was forced to set the bar somewhat higher for entry. Without that, the app would be rendered inaccessible and useless for those that truly wish to use it.
Apple users, above many others, are some of the most appreciative people of good user experience, hence their purchase of fairly costly hardware. And yet, when it comes to attaining the best experience for a service they use and are reliant upon, they cannot spend $20? That rings disingenuous with me.
Tapbots, in the face of Twitter's newfound draconian attitude, has sought to continue to support and endear itself to its consumers. Rather than throw in the towel, akin to some of its competitors, Tapbots has remained steadfast in its resolve, and has spent an enormous volume of man hours to build a fantastic app in a woefully hostile environment. That is, irrefutably, a good and righteous thing — something that should most certainly not be subverted by petty cries of cost.
The matter is simple: if you want the best possible experience for your Mac, it will cost you $20. If you do not care to have the best possible experience, then the pricing of another solution is none of your concern whatsoever.
Personally, I reside — and likely always will reside — in the former camp. My computing experience is characterized by an extraordinary volume of polish and affability, and I simply have no interest in jeopardizing that.
So, for me and perhaps for you, Tweetbot for Mac is an unquestionable purchase. If it's not for you, however, then kindly keep your negativity to yourself.
Tweetbot for Mac is available from the Mac App Store.