This afternoon, not long after Tweetbot was released on the Mac App Store, I tweeted that I would never buy a $20 Twitter client. “Never” is a big word. I bought the app and I don’t regret it.
So why did I buy it after claiming I wouldn’t? Well for starters, It’s just that good.
I’ve been using Tapbots’ Twitter client on my Mac since the day it was released as a Alpha build, and it quickly became my client of choice even though it was in its early stages. It has ton of useful features that can’t be found in other apps and it just felt right. But the gestures it supports is what does it for me. I can do the exact same on my MacBook Pro’s trackpad or my Magic Mouse as I can on my iPhone and iPad. A quick swipe here, a quick swipe there and I get all the information I could possibly want.
The reason why I was so opposed to buying it in the first place is simple: I didn’t know what I was “investing” in. Developers had to react and deal with every API update Twitter threw at them, and they’ll have to continue doing so in the future. Who knows what they’ll change next? While $20 isn’t much money in the grand scheme of things, I didn’t want to spend that much money on something that could potentially get worse with time. But then I thought about it and told myself that using an inferior product, especially when I know something out there is better, isn’t worth the considerably small amount Tapbots is charging for Tweetbot.
So here’s my money, Tapbots. Use it continue making this app the best on the market.