Twitter launches Moments for discovering trending stories and highlighting the best of Twitter

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 6, 2015

Twitter’s excellent iPhone, iPod touch and iPad mobile application was refreshed this morning with a long-expected feature that strives to make content discovery a lot easier with a brand new tab.

Called Moments, it was designed to highlight stories that are trending on the micro-blogging service right now and important ones you may have missed. This edition of Twitter also supports super-sized emoji in Direct Messages.

Twitter is a free download from the App Store. Read More


Tweetbot 4 launches with iPad and landscape support, Statistics, Activity and more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 1, 2015

At long last, Tapbots’ widely expected update to Tweetbot, its popular mobile Twitter client, has gracefully landed on the App Store. Twitter 3 for iPhone, which was last updated in July 2015, and Twitter for iPad, an outdated app that saw its last refresh back in June 2014, are no longer available for download in the App Store. Replacing them is Tweetbot 4, a universal app supporting any iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 9.0 or later.

Tweetbot 4 packs a bevy of new features like Quick Reply from notification banners, landscape support, revamped profile views, split-screen multitasking on iPads, Activity and Statistics analysis and much more.

Tweetbot 4 is a $4.99 download for both new and existing customers. Read More


Twitterrific update with iOS 9 and iPad multitasking support, new features and improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 23, 2015

Twitterrific 5, The Iconfactory’s freemium Twitter client for iOS and OS X platforms, has received its iOS 9-focused update this morning.

The app is now fully optimized for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices running iOS 9 and supports new Slide Over and Split View multitasking modes on compatible iPads. If you own an iPad Air 2 or an iPad mini 4, you can now run Twitterrific and another app side-by-side in iOS 9’s new Split View mode.

This is a great feature as you can now pin Twitterrific on the right and configure it to use Safari as your browser instead of in-app. In addition to iOS 9-specific support, this edition of Twitterrific includes other changes and improvements listed further below. Read More


Twitter adds Quick Reply to iOS app (this time for real!) and other enhancements

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2015

A Twitter update last week was supposed to make the mobile iPhone and iPad app play nice with iOS 9’s new text-based replies that are now available to third-party apps directly from notification banners, except it didn’t.

Tuesday, the micro-blogging startup issued a new version of the iOS client which fixes last week’s botched update.

Now iOS 9 users of Twitter’s mobile app can take advantage of full support for the Quick Reply feature from push notifications, the ability to access muted and blocked accounts in Settings and more. Read More


Twitter: one of the first apps to embed Quick Reply within notifications on iOS 9

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2015

One of the new features of iOS 9 that Apple hasn’t actively advertised has the tremendous potential to be actively used on an everyday basis by the vast majority of users: it at last permits third-party developers to implement Quick Reply functionality within banner alerts, the Notification Center and notifications shown on the Lock screen.

Twitter is one of the first applications out of the gate to have readily adopted this feature in its most recent update that just hit the App Store. And if you own an iPad with iOS 9, you can now use Twitter in iOS 9’s new side-by-side multitasking mode.

People are reporting on Twitter that Quick Reply is broken in this update and a few members of our team were able to independently confirm this. Read More


Google and Twitter target Facebook’s Instant Articles with ‘accelerated mobile pages’

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 11, 2015

Internet giant Google and the micro-blogging platform Twitter have joined forces as they gear up to launch their own take on Facebook’s quick-loading Instant Articles for mobile users, according to Peter Kafka and Mark Bergen of Re/code.

Launching this fall with a small group of publishers, these articles should appear on mobile phones almost instantaneously without the annoyingly long loading times. Read More


Twitter for iPad gets an Auto Layout-inspired responsive design

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 8, 2015

It’s been a long time coming, but Twitter for iPad is no longer the outdated red-headed-stepchild that it once was. This evening, Twitter pushed an update to the official Twitter app, along with a blog post entitled: Building a more unified Twitter for iOS.

In the blog post, the folks at Twitter explain the design philosophy behind the new iPad app. “Starting today,” the post explains, “iPad users will be able to create and see revamped quote Tweets, explore trending topics in search, visit product and place pages, and more.”

This is accomplished by making Twitter a universal app, and incorporating adaptive UI, a methodology inspired by Apple’s Auto Layout system, which allows for a responsive design that lets apps adapt to the size of the current device.
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Apple rolls out brand new Twitter account dedicated to App Store games

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 3, 2015

The App Store has been on Twitter since September 2009 but as of today, a new curated Twitter account dedicated to highlighting the App Store games is available as well. It’s now yet known whether gaming-related tweets will now be exclusively posted on @AppStoreGames alone or retweeted on @AppStore but it’s an encouraging sign of Apple’s mobile gaming prowess.

“Embrace the future of gaming,” reads the account’s bioline. “Straight from our Games Editors.” Read More


Twitterrific for iOS improves accessibility, tag autocompletion, muting, translation and more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 1, 2015

Twitterrific, The Iconfactory’s freemium Twitter client for the iPhone and iPad, was refreshed in the App Store this morning with a bevy of enhancements, including improvements to username and hash tag autocompletion, a feature introduced in Twitterrific’s previous update.

Among other changes, this edition of Twitterrific includes some new quick actions, support for quoted tweets in muffle and muting rules and much more. Read More


Latest Vine update brings Snap to Beat feature and new audio discovery tools

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2015

Twitter-owned Vine has rolled out two major new features to its mobile app which are aimed at improving audio discovery and help “bring the magic of perfect-looping music to everyone.”

For starters, a brand new Snap to Beat feature lets you create Vines with With seamless audio looping. And in an effort to make music a core part of Vine, users can now take advantage of enhancements like a new Featured Tracks section and another new feature that allows them to find out what they’re listening to as they watch Vines. Read More


Easily post to Twitter and Facebook from your Apple Watch with Social Action

By Sébastien Page on Aug 24, 2015

Social Action is a new app that allows you to easily and quickly update your Facebook status or post to Twitter directly from your Apple Watch. Read More


Twitter removes 140-character limit from Direct Messages

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 12, 2015

Two months into the announcement that it would remove the archaic 140-character limit from Direct Messages, Twitter today officially made the move in the hope of taking on popular instant messaging platforms like Facebook Messenger, Skype, iMessage and others.

For people who use Direct Messages to communicate with their Twitter followers privately, this change couldn’t have come sooner because they can now chat on in a single Direct Message without restrictions and “likely still have some characters left over.” Read More


Facebook said to be developing Twitter-like app for breaking news

By Cody Lee on Aug 11, 2015

Facebook is working on a standalone mobile news applications, Business Insider reported on Tuesday. The site says the app looks similar to Twitter, in that it will allow publications to blast short, 100 character push notifications to their “followers” when they have urgent news to share.

“Business Insider has reviewed screenshots of the new product and spoken to a source who has been playing around with the Facebook for Business platform.” The outlet believes the app is part of Facebook for Business, but different than the Facebook at Work initiative we saw last year. Read More


Twitter testing out dedicated News tab in mobile apps

By Cody Lee on Aug 3, 2015

Twitter is experimenting with a new “Featured News” tab in its mobile apps, reports BuzzFeed. The tab surfaces trending news items, which the social network hopes will keep users engaged.

“We’re experimenting with a news experience on iOS and Android,” a Twitter spokesperson told the publication. “We are continuing to explore new ways to surface the best content to users.” Read More


At last, the official Twitter app gains support for the native Share Sheet in iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 14, 2015

As most of you guys know by now, I’ve been a pretty big proponent of the official Twitter app for quite some time. As a former Tweetbot user, I find the official Twitter app to be more engaging.

But there are still a couple of lingering issues with the official Twitter app that I despise. One of them is the lack of a quick way to access my Twitter lists. The other, is an issue that Twitter just remedied today.

As of today, and as first spotted by MacStories, users can now share content from the stock Twitter app using the native iOS 8 share sheet. While not as seamless as it could be, it’s still a large step in the right direction for Twitter on the iPhone. Read More


Vine updated with new HD upload setting and improved discovery

By Cody Lee on Jul 10, 2015

Twitter updated its 6-second video sharing app Vine today, bringing the iOS client to version 3.4.2. The update brings about two major improvements: suggestions for popular Viners to follow, and a new quality setting that lets you post your Vines in HD.

The former should help Vine with its discovery problem, something its parent company Twitter particularly struggles with. It’s nearly impossible to convince new users to stick around when it’s difficult to quickly find interesting and entertaining content. Read More


Twitter++ brings improved sharing, list access, and media handling to the stock Twitter app

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 5, 2015

As a former Tweetbot user, there are some things I miss about that app, that I don’t get to have on the stock Twitter app. One of the most glaring omissions is the lack of quick list access directly from the main feed.

Twitter++ (free on BigBoss) is a new jailbreak tweak that adds easy list access, along with a whole slew of other desirable features. It lets you easily share links and images from tweets, share tweets outside of twitter, share direct messages, download videos, and much, much more.

If you’re looking to supercharge the stock Twitter app experience on iOS, then look no further than Twitter++. Read More


Tweetbot for Mac brings support for Twitter’s new quoting format and longer direct messages

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 22, 2015

Tweetbot for Mac with support for Yosemite’s design and a plethora of other improvements hit earlier in the month as a free upgrade for existing users. Monday, its developer Tapbots issued the first maintenance refresh bringing out support for a pair of Twitter’s recently introduced handy new features.

Tweetbot 2.0.1 for Mac now lets you quote tweets using Twitter’s new embedded quoting feature. In addition, they’ve laid the groundwork for longer direct messages, a feature Twitter announced almost two weeks ago but hasn’t implemented yet. Read More


Twitter allegedly entering news curation with Project Lightning

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 18, 2015

News curation has shortly become all the rage in the technology and media industries. Facebook sped up your News Feed with quick-loading Instant Article.

Then a new ‘Apple News’ app followed, a major initiative by Apple to host news articles and employ human editors to surface best content for its uses.

And now, Twitter is reportedly joining the fray and creating a similar concept of its own. They’re calling it Project Lightning and, as reported by BuzzFeed’s Mat Honan, it should make important news and events follow you across Twitter platforms, not the other way round. Read More


Twitter for iOS and to start autoplaying videos today—here’s how to turn it off

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 16, 2015

You could say I’m not a big fan of intrusive autoplay videos in apps, not to mention those pesky autoplay video ads on some websites. With that in mind, I was taken aback when Twitter announced today adding this very feature to its iPhone and iPad application and the web interface.

Now when you stumble upon a tweet with an embedded Vine, animated GIF or a clip in Twitter’s native format, it will begin to play back automatically.

It’s all part of the grand plan to shove advertising down our throat though Twitter would have us believe it’s trying to make our lives easier so we could “keep up with the action without missing a tweet and get a better sense of what’s been shared instantly.”

Because autoplay videos suck your cellular data, this feature is a major concern in this age of non-unlimited plans. True, Twitter promises to opt out of autoplay anyone who’s on a high-rate data plan, but I’d rather trust my instincts and revert back to the old-school click-to-play experience.

Thankfully, there’s an easy way to do just that. Read More

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