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I use Tweetie on the Mac as my primary Twitter client, despite its long period of neglect. But now that it looks like it might actually become vaporware, I’ve started looking elsewhere. That’s why I was thrilled when I saw the Iconfactory’s Twitterific 4 preview today.

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I use Tweetie on the Mac as my primary Twitter client, despite its long period of neglect. But now that it looks like it might actually become vaporware (despite assertions to the contrary), I’ve started to look elsewhere. That’s why I was thrilled when I saw the Iconfactory’s blog post today previewing Twitterific 4.

I’ve used Twitterific in the past, both on the iPhone and on the Mac, and I always appreciate the attention to detail Iconfactory puts into its UI design. But the app never felt robust enough for me, especially as a user who needs more features for managing multiple accounts. However, I’m not a fan of TweetDeck, which, though powerful, frankly just seems ugly and cluttered.

There are other candidates when it comes to Mac Twitter apps, including Nambu, Kiwi and Socialite. While each offers a decent experience, they all either lack the polish I’ve come to appreciate from companies like Atebits and Iconfactory, are missing key features, or just aren’t focused enough for my purposes.

Tweetie’s questionable future means that there’s a space to fill in the Mac Twitter arena. While there’s no firm release date for Twitterific 4, Iconfactory clearly wanted to stake its claim on that spot. And it looks like a strong claim, too. The screenshot they’ve released (yes, there’s only one) shows a window that looks clean and minimalistic, but seems to have multiple account support and easy access to all your basic features.

I’d still prefer a sidebar to a dropdown for account switching, but there’s no way of saying whether or not that might simply be an option not pictured. Either way, it looks promising, and it should at least be much more current in terms of Twitter’s recent changes to its API and features.

Twitterific is a promising start, but it’d be great to see others enter the arena. The gap left by Tweetie’s long hibernation could be the means by which another up-and-coming Mac dev studio makes a name for itself. Neither Twitter nor the Mac are markets lacking in growth potential, after all.

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  1. have you checked out Tweetings? maybe do a review of that or give me your impressions? :)

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    1. There’s no Macosx client for Tweetings.

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  2. I appreciate Twitterific’s interface and true Mac OS integration; however, it just lacks the power and expandability of TweetDeck. Twitter isn’t the only social network I monitor nor is my tweet feed the only thing I desire to keep track of on Twitter. TweetDeck gives me the option to follow hash tags, easily upload pictures, view video or pictures inside the client, and DM others all from within the application. Twitterific is more like an RSS reader where any type of true interaction requires a browser. Hopefully Twitterific 5 will also add the option to follow the most visited website in the world and truly be terrific.

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  3. What about :

    Hibari : http://hibariapp.com/
    Echofon : http://www.echofon.com/twitter/mac/
    YoruFukurou : http://sites.google.com/site/yorufukurou/home-en
    Bluebird : http://bluebirdapp.com/

    I’m sure I’ve missed a few …

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  4. My favorite for both Mac & iPhone/iPad is Echofon

    I think it gets easily overlooked.

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    1. You’re right, Echofon does a great job and it doesn’t get enough cred. I still think Tweetie comes closest to hitting the sweet spot, though.

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  5. While I’m excited to see that there is development happening I’m not sure how this single screen shot leads you to conclude that it’s a strong offering? Sure it looks pretty but we don’t know for sure that it supports multiple accounts do we? The icon with the head could simply access your profile.

    I want to see it and try it but I’m reserving any praise till I’ve used it.

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  6. have you ever tried Seesmic? They have Web, Desktop & Look versions, check them out. I prefer them to Tweetdeck.

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