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ENHANCED: Twitter introduces Direct Message Sync, mobile search improvements and more
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 09.07.13 - 09:48:45 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 2522x
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Yesterday evening, Twitter announced via its blog that it has now enabled the sync of direct messages (DM) across all supported devices and clients. Initially available for seven different apps, including Twitter for Android, iPhone, iPad and Mac as well as twitter.com, mobile.twitter.com and TweetDeck, the sync-feature marks DMs read in the browser, desktop apps, tablet or smartphone and vice versa. Furthermore, Twitter has introduced some further improvements to search results on Android, iPhone, iPad and mobile.twitter.com. Now when you search for people on Twitter, you may see an expanded user result that shows a full bio.

This account preview makes it easier and faster to find and learn more about the accounts you're looking for. And if you swipe the preview to the left, you'll find similar accounts. Additionally, a new in-app indicator in search results will show you when there are new Tweets for your query, making it easier for you to stay up to date on the latest Twitter conversation.

Last but not least, Twitter has also introduced some Apple-only improvements where it's now easier on an iPhone to reply to Tweets with a built-in Tweet composer that appears when you tap to see details. It's also easier to find accounts to follow with a new people button on the navigation bar, making the iPhone experience consistent with our Android app.
On Twitter for Mac, the Connect tab now includes interactions, so you can see favorites and retweets, along with @mentions - similar to what you see already on the web and other mobile apps. You can also update your preferences to view @mentions only and manage your notification settings for all interactions. Finally, the app now supports six additional languages: Danish, Filipino, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish and Thai.

All these, or some of these, changes are coming to Android, iOS and Mac_OS but neither to Windows Phone or Windows 8 nor to any third party apps for Android, Windows, Windows Phone or iOS. While I understand that Twitter is only supporting its own apps and web services (first), it's questionable why the Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps were left (again).

The new note syncing is rolling-out gradually and users will need to get the latest version of each app to ensure it works on all of your devices. These updates are now available to from the iOS App Store, Google Play and the Mac App Store.

Cheers ~ Arne


 

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