I’m not a fan of Tapbots’ design style. Gruber calls it “way over the top” in his latest Talk Show Episode (at 52:43) and I completely agree with him.
I don’t mind Tweebot’s iPhone app (and its design) much because it’s by far the best Twitter client on the device, and since all iPhone apps run in full screen mode, I’m also not constantly reminded how different it looks to other apps. However, on the Mac, Tweetbot looks cheap compared to standard UI apps. I like apps that get out of my way when displaying content. Tweetbot is doing the exact opposite by putting a heavy dark frame around it. I want light windows on my screen, not little weird-looking robots.
The other thing I don’t understand about Tweetbot for Mac is its current alpha stadium. Why would they release a feature-incomplete app that feels really sluggish1 on older machines? I might switch to Tweetbot for Mac in a couple of months when it’s ready, but I’ll stay with the official Twitter app for now.
Twitter for Mac is scrolling super-smooth on my 2008 MacBook, Tweetbot is far more stuttery and slow. ↩