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It quickly became one of the most popular Twitter clients for the iPhone, owing to its impressive feature set and fast, efficient performance, and now it’s coming natively to the Mac, too. I’m talking about Tweetie, by atebits. Tweetie impressed with the ability to follow and […]

tweetiem-largeIt quickly became one of the most popular Twitter clients for the iPhone, owing to its impressive feature set and fast, efficient performance, and now it’s coming natively to the Mac, too. I’m talking about Tweetie, by atebits. Tweetie impressed with the ability to follow and unfollow, integrated search, retweeting, and more when it was first released, and it now sits near the top of the App Store’s best sellers list, occupying the No. 28 top paid app at the time of this writing.

News of the Mac app’s imminent release came yesterday (fittingly) via atebits’ own Twitter account, linking to a brief video on the atebits web site previewing the app. The trailer reminds me a little of an Apple commercial, thanks to the look and the sexy soundtrack. What’s more impressive, though, is the functionality the preview shows off. Tweetie for the Mac already looks like a heavily favored contender for best native OS X Twitter app.

Screen grab from the preview

Screen grab from the preview

The interface looks simple, but powerful, with a main window for displaying tweets and a sidebar on the left for quickly accessing your tweet stream, @replies, private messages, and search. You can switch between multiple accounts on the fly, just by clicking the appropriate profile icon in the same left-hand menu.

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Other features include threaded conversations, that you access just by clicking on a reply, iChat style DM exchanges, easy nested navigation at the top of the app’s interface, drag and drop image sharing, in-app twitpic viewing, built-in searching, and link sharing via a bookmarklet for your browser. I’m sure there’s plenty more, but we’ll have to wait till this upcoming Monday to find out. I know I’ve got my day cleared.

  1. Tweetie looks very exciting as a desktop client. I have started using Tweetie on my iPhone and it is hands down the best twitter client that I have used on the iPhone. I wish Tweetie was coming out this weekend, it’s just so hard being a geek and having to wait for great things. : )

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  2. I can’t wait to try it. A little sad that it might unseat EventBox, but Tweetie looks really good in the video.

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  3. Stoked. I use Twitterrific right now but don’t really like it all that much. The way it operates bugs me a bit. I’ve tried EventBox, but it’s a bit balky. And I’d tried Nambu, but it’s flat-out broken. I haven’t been able to get it to connect in over a week, while Twitterrific works just fine. Seems a rather elementary issue.

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  4. Can’t wait for this to be released. I use Eventbox currently, but as John mentioned it is a bit bulky and I don’t like it nearly as much now as when it first surfaced. I also have used Bluebird and Twitterific and have not been happy with either one of them. I love Tweeite on the iPhone and the desktop version is looking beautiful from the teaser video. My only gripe without actually trying the app is the icon. Don’t really care for it much :-/

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  5. No groups in Tweetie = No deal!

    Why the developer is being so stubborn about groups is beyond me, but until groups is in Tweetie, I’m afraid it won’t suit most Twitter power-users. There are also a host of small bugs and quirky behavior – but I’m sure those will be fixed over time.

    Great looking app, but lacks too much. I’m sticking with EventBox.

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