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Developer(s)The Iconfactory
Initial releaseJanuary 15, 2007
Final release
5.3.9 (macOS)[1]
6.2 (iOS)[2] / February 2, 2019; 4 years ago (2019-02-02) (Mac OS X)[1]
June 30, 2020; 3 years ago (2020-06-30) (iOS)[2]
Operating systemmacOS, iOS
PlatformMacintosh (PowerPC & x86), iPhone, iPad, & iPod Touch (ARM)
Available inEnglish
TypeTwitter client
LicensePaid (lifetime) (Mac OS X)
Freemium (subscription and lifetime options available) (iOS)

Twitterrific was a macOS and iOS client for the social networking site Twitter created by The Iconfactory and was the first Twitter desktop client to come to macOS. It lets users view "tweets" or micro-blog posts on the Twitter website in real time as well as publish their own. Twitterrific is closed source software.


The program's main window uses a translucent black theme similar to certain palettes used in Aperture, iPhoto and other Apple Inc. software. Users may choose to view the full public timeline or just the friends feed. Users can also click on links to view the poster's profile or mark a tweet as a favorite.

Twitterrific also provides functionality to upload images and videos for posting on Twitter.[3]


As of version 2.1, Twitterrific supports Growl notifications, enhanced AppleScript capabilities and can be used with other sites or services that use the Twitter API.

Version 3 changed Twitterrific into advertising supported shareware; every hour an ad is refreshed to the top of the list. Users who buy the program receive no ads. Other changes in version 3 mostly added compatibility with Mac OS X 10.5 and incorporated newer Twitter features like direct messaging.

The iOS version of Twitterrific won the 2008 Apple Design Award for Best iPhone Social Networking Application.[4][5]

On April 1, 2010, The Iconfactory released Twitterrific for iPad (Version 1.0), ready for the iPad's US launch on April 3. On June 24, a version of Twitterrific was launched (version 3.0) that was universally compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch and the iPad.

On February 14, 2017, a Kickstarter project was launched by The Iconfactory to try and revive the Twitterrific for Mac application.[6][7]

On October 10, 2017, the Mac application received a 5.0 update and was added to the Mac App Store.[8]

On June 13, 2019, the iOS version 6.0 was announced. It disregarded previous in-app purchases. Users who had previously paid not to see ads were shown ads again.[9] Iconfactory regards Twitterrific 6.0 as a new app but does not give their existing users the option of staying on Twitterific 5.x.

Twitterrific was discontinued on January 19, 2023, when Twitter cut off access to the Twitter API for most 3rd party clients, thus breaking the MacOS and iOS apps.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Twitterrific".
  2. ^ a b "Twitterrific: Tweet Your Way".
  3. ^ "Twitterrific Release Notes for Twitterrific 5.3". March 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  4. ^ "Apple Developer Connection - Worldwide Developers Conference 2008 - Apple Design Awards". Apple Inc. Archived from the original on 2011-06-04. Retrieved 2008-07-15.
  5. ^ "Iconfactory Honored with Apple Design Award". The Icon Factory. 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2008-07-15.
  6. ^ "The Iconfactory Launches 'Project Phoenix' Kickstarter: A Twitterrific for Mac Reboot". MacStories. February 14, 2017. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  7. ^ "Twitterrific for Mac: Project Phoenix". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  8. ^ Twitterrific (4 October 2017). "The new Twitterrific for Mac arrives in the Mac App Store Tues, Oct 10th! …". @Twitterrific. Retrieved 2017-10-13. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  9. ^ "Introducing Twitterrific 6 for iOS • The Breakroom". Iconfactory Blog. Retrieved 2019-09-05.
  10. ^ "Twitterrific: End of an Era • The Breakroom". Iconfactory Blog. Retrieved 2023-01-19.

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