Tweetbot For Mac Goes Gold On The Mac App Store For $19.99

Tweetbot For Mac Goes Gold On The Mac App Store For $19.99

It’s finally here. After a long alpha and beta period, and months of teasing before it, Tapbot’s incredible Tweetbot client for Mac is finally here in polished, 1.0 form. That’s the good news. The bad news is the app in its final form costs $20, a price that is sure to scare off all but the most die-hard Twitter users.

If you’ve used Tweetbot on the iPhone or the iPad, you know what to expect from Tweetbot for Mac, but here’s the release notes:

Tweetbot is a full-featured Mac OS X Twitter client with a lot of personality. Whether it’s the meticulously-crafted interface, sounds & animation, or features like multiple timelines & column views, there’s a lot to love about Tweetbot.

Brief Highlights:

◆ Multiple Timelines. Quickly switch between your lists as your main timeline.
◆ Multiple Windows and Columns. Display timelines from different accounts side by side.
◆ Notification Center Support.
◆ Beautiful Retina graphics.
◆ Mute filters lets you block messages from users without unfollowing them. You can also mute hashtags and specific keywords.
◆ Sync timeline position, direct message read statuses and mute filters between your Mac, iPhone and iPad via iCloud.
◆ Support for multiple services like Pocket, Instapaper, Readability, CloudApp and Droplr.
◆ Save drafts, add locations and POI’s, attach photos/videos, manage your lists, and much more.

For complete details on Tweetbot, visit tapbots.com/tweetbot/mac/

The $20 asking price of Tweetbot for Mac is pretty hard to get your mind around. We assume this must be a response to both the built-in integration of Twitter within Mountain Lion and Twitter’s own increasingly draconian API rules limiting the number of users a third-party app can support. Tapbots’ presumably only has so many keys they can distribute, and they know that anyone willing to pay for a Twitter client on the Mac when it’s been built right into OS X is an advanced user who is going to want some seriously advanced functionality at their disposal.

Tweetbot for Mac is a fantastic client, so if you live in Twitter, even a $20 price tag is probably a steal. Look for Cult of Mac’s review of Tweetbot for Mac coming soon.

Update: Paul Haddad over at Tapbots’ official blog explains the price:

Because of Twitter’s recent enforcement of token limits, we only have a limited number of tokens available for Tweetbot for Mac. These tokens dictate how many users Tweetbot for Mac can have. The app’s limit is separate from, but much smaller than, the limit for Tweetbot for iOS. Once we use up the tokens granted to us by Twitter, we will no longer be able to sell the app to new users. Tapbots will continue to support Tweetbot for Mac for existing customers at that time.

This limit and our desire to continue to support the app once we sell out is why we’ve priced Tweetbot for Mac a little higher than we’d like. It’s the best thing we can do for the long term viability of the product. We know some will not be happy about Tweetbot for Mac’s pricing, but the bottom line is Twitter needs to provide us with more tokens for us to be able to sell at a lower the price. We spent a year developing this app and it’s the only way for us to be able to make our money back and continue supporting it with updates in the future.

That certainly makes sense, and puts the price in perspective.

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  • bodean

    Priced WAY to high, no thanks!

  • carlospacheco74

    What blows my mind is the whole Twitter token issue. I would have gladly paid for a reasonably priced app that awarded the developer for his hard work and time but here’s the basic thing I see. We are forced to pay Tweetbot so that they can pay twitter to allow us to use its service and in turn sell us to advertisers and push us sponsored tweets. That’s some serious BS right there.

  • technochick

    We are forced to pay Tweetbot so that they can pay twitter to allow us to use its service and in turn sell us to advertisers and push us sponsored tweets. That’s some serious BS right there.

    basically, but keep in mind that the whole sponsored tweets might not be in Tweetbots. If they aren’t forced to include it they likely aren’t. Same with any other 3rd party, which might be part of why Twitter is doing all these restrictions. They want to get rid of as many 3rd party clients as possible so folks will go to the website and see all the crap.

    it’s also possible that since we aren’t accessing our feeds off the website, they might not be getting any demo info beyond what we put in our profile. No device metadata, location info unless we voluntarily include it. etc. That could be impeding their advertising attempts. So again, the token crap

  • Alejandro Iglesias

    NO F* WAY. i will continue using the oficial twitter app, echofon, or cracked Tweetbot :)

  • Clark Wallace

    Was expecting it to be £4.99 at least, but £13.99? No thanks.

  • Shane Bryson

    NO F* WAY. i will continue using the oficial twitter app, echofon, or cracked Tweetbot :)

    Both the Official Twitter app and Echofon for Mac have recently been announced to have ended development and support. As for cracking Tweetbot, go ahead, be a thief. That’s one of the reasons that software is priced so high now already. Idiot.

  • Lane Jasper

    These guys are smoking crack! This will only encourage people to pirate the app. 20.00 for a Twitter app? NO…way to price yourselves out of the market TweetBot!! BAD move.

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick

    $20 for a twitter app?!? are you effing kidding me? I don’t care if it is Tweetbot, that’s ridiculous!

  • karenjs

    Is there a way to “give back” our tokens? I got in on Tweetbot for Mac in the alpha stage, and carried the access into the private beta…but I won’t be buying this. I’m not sure how improved the final product is over the beta, but the recent new version of Tweetdeck won my heart anyway (the “interactions” column is – by far – the most useful feature I’ve seen on any platform). But I’ll still continue to use Tweetbot on my iPad and iPhone..

    So: if releasing my 3 accounts on Tweetbot for Mac beta is helpful (and doesn’t impact my iOS versions), I’m happy to do it, if someone tells me how. :-)

  • howie_isaacks

    I don’t mind the price at all. I have been very happy with the Alpha builds. I enthusiastically bought Tweetbot this morning. If you like an app, why would you want it for free? Developers need to live too! All of you bitching and whining about the price aren’t worth the trouble. Think of how demotivating it must be for the guys at Tapbot to read all of these stupid complaints about the price. You’re devaluing the work they’ve done.

  • Eric Harrington

    $20 is cheap if the tool is something you need and use everyday. Kudos to them for knowing their customer base. It’s not something every company is good at.

  • tsjerue

    Is there a way to “give back” our tokens?

    Yeah, just sign into Twitter.com and go to the Settings gear, hit Settings, and find the Apps sidebar. Click it and a list of all your apps that access your account are there. Find Tweetbot for Mac and hit Revoke Access.

    You need to do it for every account.

    On Topic, I’ve been waiting for this, forever. I was hesitant about the $20 price, but went for it anyways, and I’m glad I did. Twitter for Mac was annoying, Tweetdeck stinks, and I already have Tweetbot on my iPhone and iPad…just a no brainer.

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