After months of anticipation, third-party Twitter client Tweetbot has officially landed on OS X as a free public alpha version. Tweetbot for Mac (mirror link) is a far superior alternative to the official Twitter client for OS X, which The Next Web notes has been on the back burner since its developer Loren Brichter left Twitter.
Tweetbot for Mac has a very similar look and feel to its iPad, iPhone and iPod touch counterparts, with a crisp design that is fully compatible with the new MacBook Pro with Retina display. Its developer Tapbots has done a marvelous job at incorporating standard Twitter features such as Timeline, Mentions, Messages, Lists and Favorites along the left-hand tabbed menu.
Tapbots for Mac also features pull-to-refresh for tweets, notification sounds, advanced search, a select number of keyboard shortcuts such as Cmd + 1-9 to switch tabs, a dedicated media viewer popup, and numerous other configurable settings.
If you want to watch your tweets flow by seamlessly, Tweetbot for Mac supports streaming and allows you to pin your timeline to the top. The alpha version does not yet support iCloud or notifications, but those features will be integrated into the official release.
The official version of Tweetbot for Mac will be sold on the Mac App Store for a price that is currently unknown, but anything in the one to five dollars range is certainly acceptable for this polished Twitter client. If you have had a chance to try out Tweetbot on your Mac, we invite you to share your first impressions of the app and what you like or dislike about the client.