I admit I was late to the Tweetbot bandwagon. I was tempted by the initial reviews, but wasn't keen to spend the money. Yeah, it was $2.99. But, if I wanted to spend money on a Twitter app, I wanted to buy one and have that be it for awhile.
The free native Twitter app, which evolved from Tweetie, suited me until the overhaul in December. While there were some features I liked, others drove me up the wall. I found that I was using Twitter less and less because I didn't care for the redesigned iPhone app and web interface. So, I finally turned to Tweetbot, and I haven't looked back.
Steve Sande told me during Macworld that he had a beta for Tweetbot on the iPad and got the appropriate green-eyed monster stare in return. Along with the release of Tweetbot 2.0 for the iPhone, we can finally use it on the iPad as well.
If you're familiar with Tweetbot for the iPhone, the iPad version should be a piece of cake. It's set up in the way Twitter used to be set up. There's no "connect" or "discover" in this, and no hard-to-find direct message notifications. Everything is clearly laid out so it's easy to navigate among timeline, mentions, direct messages and more. Swiping to the left on a tweet shows any replies it's received, and swiping to the right shows the conversation thread. Because the iPad has more screen real estate than the iPhone, menus that were collapsed on the iPhone version now have their own place in the sidebar. In portrait mode, the side of each button is highlighted when there's a new tweet. In landscape mode the button is highlighted, and you can see how many tweets are waiting for you to peruse.