Twitter Kills Its Tweetbot App as Tapbot takes Extreme Measures

Jan 25, 2023

Recently,  Twitter’s API changes killed Tweetbot, a third-party Twitter app. Tapbots will be releasing its next new product hoping to fill the void left by Tweetbot. An early access release Mastodon client app, Ivory will be made available in the app store. As of December, Mastodon has managed to grow to 2.5 million users across 8600 servers.

Tapbots is a software development company that was founded in 2008; based in San Francisco, California. This company creates mobile apps for iOS devices which are the iPhone and iPad. For years they've also been known for the Tweetbot, which is their popular Twitter client. Tapbots is also known for apps like Calcbot and Pastebot.

The term early access means that Tapbots will still be adding more features to the app at a later stage. The founder of Tapbots, Paul Haddad, mentioned that the app has just been recently approved.  Tapbots promises that Ivory will offer the same experience as Tweetbot the only difference is that Ivory will work on the Open Source platform Mastodon. 

Tapbot Releases Ivory a New Mastodon Client App

At launch, the Ivory app comes with a lot of features promising fast performance, an attractive user interface,  smooth scrolling, and sound design.  The app also supports multiple accounts and allows federated and local timelines,  post statistics,  trending posts,  notifications, and more. It also comes with some features that were not available on Twitter, such as the ability to add a comment warning to a post,  GIFs, and polls. 

The Ivory app comes with the most familiar features of social media apps. You'll find hashtag tracking, timeline filters, and mute filters with regex support allowing you to hide posts. This will appeal to users that want to mute or avoid certain posts. Ivory Also comes with a bunch of personalization features. 

Tapbot Releases Ivory a New Mastodon Client App

Tapbots has highlighted that Ivory will take advantage of the years of experience that it has from apps such as Tweetbot when building this app. The app will develop by adding more features in the future. 

With all that being said and considering my love for open-source projects,  Ivory is set out to be a great Mastodon app. Although it's still early to tell, I would say the features it came with upon its release make it worth the try. If you're still skeptical, go in there and check out the reviews on MacStories. 

Before you rush to download it, please note that you can demo it in read-only mode.  With the demo mode, you can boost,  post, and favorite other people's posts. To get full access to the app, it will cost $1.99 a month or $14.99 for a year, and this comes with a one-week trial separate from the demo. There's also a premium subscription for $24.99 for the year. the subscription also allows for iCloud family sharing, and setting it up means the entire family can access it too. 



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  1. David said on January 29, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    I tried Ivory but it is a demo only (unless you shell out $ for the app). At this point there are plenty of nice (and free) Mastodon apps. The official (vanilla) Mastodon app is ok; Ice Cubes is a new one and quite nice (if a little slow); and Metatext suits me the best. For people like me who want to find others with sane and useful thoughts to share, Mastodon fits the bill, is pretty civilized. It’s not a cesspool or sniper’s alley like much of social media. I’m trying out Post as well, but I have my doubts about a platform owned by another group of VCs with a business model based on selling news content via micropayments. But I’m through with FB and Twitter. I am now using nextdns to block them completely. In the rare case I need to see something on one of them I’ll use a browser with built-in VPN or Tor. Screw sociopathic fascist billionaires.

  2. Yash said on January 26, 2023 at 9:14 am

    Don’t have a Twitter account(or any social media account unless you count messaging apps). However sometimes you need to visit Twitter and for that I use Libredirect on both desktop and Android to redirect Twitter content. I also use Fritter(available on F-Droid) and with its Newpipe style feed to view tweets from accounts it works well for users like me who enjoy using Twitter as a spectator.

  3. From KY said on January 26, 2023 at 1:00 am

    Using Twitter, one has to watch what you say, or you will get blocked. I said the other day on twitter, that pres Joe, needed to have a whoopin, like I did when I was small.
    POOF! blocked from twitter for 6 days

    1. Yash said on January 26, 2023 at 6:27 pm

      @From KY and @Anonymous

      Don’t point a finger at things your brain can’t handle. One is sad because Joe should get beating but he isn’t and other one is disappointed about Ye’s ban. Don’t turn this website into a crap with your idiotic and laughable thoughts. Join Truthsocial, leave Ghacks alone.

    2. Anonymous said on January 26, 2023 at 5:43 pm

      thats call for violence, – and the intention sadly doesnt matter here – it starts small and innocent looking with whoopins and tends to grow up to “hang him/her” – and boom, there will be one poor soul who takes it to its heart and shoots a politican what already happened more than one time. already forgot what happened to pelosis husband? – thats all the consequences of so called hate speech and you need to understand that there are weak minds out there also hanging around twitter (consider dealing with kids) who take such speech as motivation to realize their unpleasant feelings towards a public figure. so yea, until you understand that speech like this has consequences in r/l , its better to ban then let it loose. freedom to live > freedom to speech in this cases. the clown world is when ppl want freedom for everything for themselves but totally fail to understand the consequences of their actions for others or just blatantly ignore them b/c if something is too complex for simple minds to understand it cant be real, right? ;)

    3. Anonymous said on January 26, 2023 at 9:31 am

      Well, that’s the ABSOLUTE freedom of speech Elon con-artist Musk promised! Exactly that! /s
      Today I was reading really unintelligent comments to a tweet how Ye deserved his suspension for example, most of the zombies agree it was justified.

      But then, I will always say: Remember we live in a clown world!

  4. motang said on January 25, 2023 at 8:25 pm

    The title is very misleading. Twitter never owned Tweetbot.

    1. boris said on January 25, 2023 at 8:54 pm

      My guess is that Shaun, like me, is not an English native speaker. He makes really basic mistakes.

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