The gradual however regular Twitter exodus has introduced a brand new abundance of third-party Mastodon apps like Ivory, Mammoth, and Ice Cubes that join customers to the more and more well-liked open supply and decentralized social community. Right this moment, we are able to add yet another app to that listing with the launch of Woolly, one other solidly constructed iOS Mastodon consumer centered on providing a extra customizable house display, threaded views for studying longer conversations, and a TweetDeck-inspired format for the iPad.
In line with Woolly’s creator, Matteo Villa, the principle differentiator between his app and others is the method he took to house display customization. With Woolly, customers can pin issues like a number of distant timelines, lists, bookmarks, search, hashtags, and even different person profiles on to the app’s most important tab bar, enabling fast and quick access to your favourite content material.
You can even customise the icon related to every pinned part for a extra personalised expertise.
On each iPhone and iPad, the totally different pinned “columns” could be accessed by tapping on their icon, however on iPad, the columns are additionally introduced in a TweetDeck-like view.
This latter choice could attraction to those that had been extra closely depending on Twitter’s often-ignored social media dashboard app, which the corporate has seemingly been winding down by dropping the TweetDeck Mac app final summer time after discontinuing its cell consumer and Home windows assist in prior years. (And naturally, it’s unclear to what extent TweetDeck even has a future beneath Elon Musk’s possession.)
One other standout function in Woolly’s new app is its assist for threaded conversations, which resembles Twitter’s personal appear and feel, full with connective strains between posts that can assist you comply with the replies as you scroll down. The function goals to supply “a greater studying expertise for longer conversations,” Villa explains, which was one thing he notably missed when he switched to Mastodon’s official app.
The similarity between Woolly and Twitter doesn’t cease there, both. Even the road of icons for partaking with Mastodon posts feels a bit acquainted, because the row begins with the reply button on the far left, adopted by the retweet (or “enhance” in Mastodon lingo), then the center icon for favoriting a put up, as on Twitter.
There are a number of different good touches in Woolly, too, like a method to filter your timeline to cover boosts and replies, settings that allow you to specify if you wish to open hyperlinks in-app or within the system browser, a collection of each mild and darkish mode themes to select from, toggles for hiding or unhiding delicate media or hiding posts with content material warnings, plus entry to trending posts, hyperlinks, and hashtags.
At launch, Woolly remains to be not as feature-rich as another apps, like Ivory which incorporates entry to issues like analytics and extra customized timeline filters. Nonetheless, Woollly comes throughout as a refined and secure app that additionally has the potential to make former Twitter customers really feel extra snug when making the change to Mastodon.
Since Musk’s takeover of Twitter, the federated social net has been gaining floor, as some former Twitter customers started to experiment with different locations to socialize on-line.
Mastodon’s person base has grown too, consequently, reaching 2.5 million month-to-month actives by year-end. Although some Twitter customers have since departed, the community still has 1.2 million monthly active users and the broader Fediverse of decentralized social apps has grown to 2.3 million monthly actives. Just lately, Mastodon has seen an uptick as companies like Flipboard and Medium started establishing their very own servers for their very own clients to make use of. Plus, WordPress.com’s proprietor simply purchased a plugin that enables blogs to succeed in readers on federated platforms. Over time, these strikes might doubtlessly develop the variety of lively customers on the Fediverse.
Obtainable today on the App Store, Woolly is obtainable as a free obtain so you possibly can have a look and check it out. However if you wish to really use the app to put up to Mastodon you’ll need to buy its in-app subscription. Presently, this prices both $0.99 per thirty days or $6.99 per yr and gives the flexibility to log in to a number of accounts, customise the principle tab bar, unlock extra themes, and, quickly, make the most of Dwelling Display screen widgets, too.