After Twitter decided to unceremoniously ban all third-party apps, a developer who was on the receiving end of this decision has taken what it learned

This new Mastodon app could be your best shot at moving on from Twitter

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2023-01-25 17:30:05

After Twitter decided to unceremoniously ban all third-party apps, a developer who was on the receiving end of this decision has taken what it learned from its own Twitter app, and created a dedicated client for Mastodon on iPhone and iPad called Ivory.

Developed by Tapbots, consisting of Paul Haddad (opens in new tab) and Mark Jadine (opens in new tab) , Ivory looks reminiscent of Tweetbot, its previous third-party app for Twitter, but looks and feels much more polished than other attempts at Mastodon apps we've seen in recent months.

It's available for $1.99 / £1.99 / AU$2.39 (opens in new tab) as a monthly subscription, or $19.99 / £14.99 / AU$21.99 for a year, but you can sign up for a 7-day trial to see what you think.

Apps such as Mammoth, and Mastodon's own app, have been fine, but Tapbots has its own style, which has been carried across all of its apps, such as Calcbot and Pastebot, and it's for this reason that Ivory has become my default Mastodon app (opens in new tab) for the foreseeable.

If you've used Tweetbot before, Ivory will feel very familiar to you; but even if you haven't, it's laid out like a Twitter app, so someone coming to Mastodon as a new user will feel at home. You've got a bar for notifications, mentions, search and your profile, but you can customize three of these if you want easier access for filters, favorite toots and more.

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