When Twitter changed its native feed from a time-based result to an algorithm-based result, many complained. Unfortunately, nothing has changed with the Twitter algorithm and it even seems to be getting curated more and more. The original functionality of a time-based sequence of tweets is being lost in the native Twitter app and on the website.

But all hope is not lost. There are other options available to you.

Since Twitter is one of the main tools I use for content curation, monitoring, and promotion, my choice of app is critical to the success and functionality of my job. That’s why I choose to use Tweetbot. It’s a paid app but the benefits are so worth the cost. Here are the main reasons I use it:

  • No algorithms or ads. Tweetbot does not feature promoted tweets in the app. You will never see unwanted or recommended tweets. Also, everything stays in chronological order. You pick up where you left off and there is no “what you missed” section.
  • Customizable timeline view. With my personal account, I follow around 700 people on Twitter. It’s a manageable number to follow. But for other work accounts in my app that may follow thousands of people, I use Twitter lists. In Tweetbot, the main view can be customized to a list instead of your regular timeline.
  • Customizable tabs. There are five tabs in Tweetbot. Three of them are fixed (timeline, mentions, DMs), but the other two are flexible. They can be used for favorites, searches, lists, a profile view, mute filters, or stats.
  • Advanced mute capabilities. You can mute specific users, hashtags, clients, or phrases for lengths of time ranging from a day to a week or month or even forever.
  • Night and day modes. The background automatically switches from white to black based on the brightness to make text easier to read.
  • Cross-platform syncing. The app syncs with your Tweetbot client on iPad or Mac and allows you to pick up where you left off on all your accounts.
  • Tweet translation. You can easily translate the tweet in-app. Click the translate button and it recognizes the language and translates the tweet to your language for you.
  • Left and right swiping. Swipe a certain way on a tweet and you can control the action that results.
  • Lightbox media view. All images, GIFs, and Instagram pictures or videos play in the app. Youtube videos play in the in-app browser.
  • Swipe between accounts. Instead of having to bounce to a menu or settings area to switch accounts, it’s very easy to go from account to account by swiping the tap at the top of the screen.
  • Reply from any account. If I’m in one account and see a tweet that needs a reply from another account, I can just hit reply and switch the “from” account and send. No need to switch accounts, find the tweet, and then reply.

Do you have a favorite Twitter app? Do you use Tweetbot? If so, what else do you like about it?

Jonathan serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives at LifeWay Christian Resources as well as the host and producer of Rainer on Leadership, Revitalize & Replant, and SBC This Week. Jonathan writes weekly at ThomRainer.com on topics ranging from social media to websites and church communications.