When a service you use has its own free software, why turn to a third party for an alternative? The folks at Tapbots continue to answer that question with each update to their Tweetbot client for Twitter, available both in iOS and OS X. Tweetbot provides a straightforward timeline view, threaded conversations appear with a double-click, and there’s no need to buy into each of Twitter’s sometimes dubious and sometimes useful innovations.

I recently reviewed Tweetbot 2 for OS X, a major update to the software, but found it lacking: It felt like too much was left undone to give it our highest ratings, although it had a more appealing design and brought several needed features. A recent bump to version 2.1 answered almost every concern in the previous review, so I’m revisiting it.

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