Chase a developer away out of your platform, and so they’ll go elsewhere. However what occurs when the developer is without doubt one of the greatest on the market?
Earlier in January, Elon Musk’s Twitter blocked third-party clients on Twitter, together with fashionable apps resembling Twitterific and Tweetbot. The corporate did this citing “long-standing” rules, although it added these guidelines after it had blocked these apps. Because of this, builders Iconfactory(Opens in a new window) and Tapbots(Opens in a new window) each discontinued their Twitter purchasers (Twitterific and Tweetbot, respectively) as there was merely no technique to get them to work once more.
Now, Tapbots has launched Ivory(Opens in a new window), a brand new iPhone app that takes Tweetbot’s aesthetics and lots of of its options and applies it to Mastodon.
(Facet be aware: Ivory is a foul identify for an app that options an elephant mascot. That is a kind of names that we reckon might be modified inside every week.)
Naming snafu apart, Ivory is fairly nice. It is not an enormous departure from Mastodon’s iPhone consumer, however it does make the app much more…properly, Twitter-like. For instance, while you first signal on, you’ll change that largely empty Timeline into one thing that exhibits both “Native” or “Federated” posts, which ought to be useful for folks transitioning from Twitter. The menu bar on the underside, with icons for House, Mentions, Profile, Notifications, and Search, may also really feel fairly acquainted.
There’s additionally an abundance of choices relating to font kind, measurement, spotlight colours, and different niceties which can make your expertise utilizing the app a bit extra nice.
One of many fundamental traits of Mastodon is that it would not depend on a single server; as an alternative, you must create an account at a kind of servers known as situations (I’ve signed up on the pretty fashionable techhub.social(Opens in a new window) occasion), with every occasion having barely completely different guidelines. This method has its good sides, however I wager it is also the explanation why extra folks have not switched to Mastodon but, as the method of selecting the best occasion will be arduous. Ivory would not resolve this; you continue to should undergo roughly the identical steps, and signing up takes you away from Ivory’s app and into your browser. However as soon as you’ve got signed up, Ivory will make Mastodon a bit of simpler to make use of.
Ivory prices $1.99 per 30 days or $14.99 per 12 months, however you do get a seven-day free trial. Tapbots calls Ivory an “Early Entry” app because it plans so as to add extra options to the app and iron out any bugs. Hopefully they will begin with the app’s unlucky identify.