John Voorhees, writing for MacStories:
Aside from the new pricing model, Tweetbot 6 has only implemented a handful of new features, including a few changes to the timeline view and some design changes. In the main timeline, you’ll notice more image thumbnails than before. Polls and cards are also visible thanks to the implementation of Twitter’s latest third-party APIs, and there are new dedicated ‘@’ and ‘#’ buttons in the app’s tweet composition sheet.
Even though I’m in the process of moving toward RSS and publishing short-form thoughts primary on mike.rockwell.mx, I still paid for Tweetbot 6. I have no problem paying a bit to support developers. Especially when it supports the development of one of my favorite apps of all time.
The update is a little lighter on features then I would have preferred, but I’m hoping the subscription model will incentivize Tapbots to develop a bit more aggressively than they have been with Tweetbot 5.
I have some complaints about the new link previews, though. Each time I publish on my short-form site, IFTTT automatically publishes a tweet with the content of the post and a link back to mike.rockwell.mx. This is all I want, nothing more and nothing less. But Tweetbot 6 generates a preview of the link. Sometimes.
mike.rockwell.mx didn’t have any markup indicating a want for this. There was no
og:image or any of the Twitter Card tags. I just want the URL displayed in the text of the tweet. But what’s even more maddening is that there is no consistency to the link previews at all. Some links have a preview and some don’t — there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to when the preview appears.
And there isn’t even any consistency across devices. I can look at the same tweet on my iPad as on my iPhone and one will show a preview while the other doesn’t. I don’t have any idea why that would be.
I sent an email in to Tapbots about this and hopefully I’ll learn more soon. In the meantime, I’ve added an empty
og:image meta tag to the site’s header to see if that might prevent the previews from generating. It’s not ideal, since I wouldn’t mind links to photo posts having a preview, but I’ll leave the meta tag on the site until I do a bit more publishing to test it.