16 March 2021
TweetBot, a popular third-party Twitter application, has received a new major update that bumps the version number to 6. It is now called TweetBot 6 and brings a bunch of new features along with a new subscription model. It means instead of paying a one-time fee to purchase the app, users will need to pay a monthly or annual fee to keep using it.
TweetBot 6 now makes use of the Twitter v2 API which is the newest iteration released recently. This has resulted in the iOS app getting support for polls and cards interface options. The timeline interface has been improved to show more data about the tweet without the need for scrolling. In an attempt to make tweeting more convenient, there are now dedicated "@" and "#" buttons.
It is important to note that because of the new API, the app does not offer URL shortening and media upload options anymore. If you want to open tweeted links in an external browser, it supports Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. The official announcement mentions that the team will add more Twitter v2 API features in the future as and when Twitter will make them available.
Now coming to the biggest change of pricing, TweetBot 6 is available with two subscription models priced at $0.99 per month and $5.99 per year. It is mandatory to go for any of these plans if you want to make full use of the application. It can be downloaded and used for free but that is limited to reading-only mode. It means you can only browse your timeline and user profiles with no support for tweeting or replying unless you pay.