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 twitter.com 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

 

Twitter to remove 140 character limit in Direct Messages

By Cody Lee on Jun 11, 2015

Twitter on Thursday announced that it will be removing the 140-character limit in Direct Messages. Starting in July, DMs will have a new limit of 10,000 characters, bringing it in line with other instant messaging services.

The move makes sense, given that the nature of a DM is typically more private and intimate than that of a Tweet, thus requiring more typing space. Twitter says the character limit for public-facing Tweets will remain at 140. Read More

 

Twitter expands beta testing program to iOS

By Cody Lee on Jun 11, 2015

Twitter has expanded its beta testing program to iOS, according to TechCrunch. The social network confirmed to the publication that it recently launched a new “Twitter for iOS Experiments Program,” which will allow some users to test experimental features ahead of public release.

The new program works very similar to its Android sibling, which launched in 2013. Select users will receive a pop-up notification at the top of their Twitter feed in the iPhone app that asks if they would like to participate in “Experiments” to help test out bug fixes and new features. Read More

 

Vine updated with new search feature for finding and discovering videos

By Cody Lee on Jun 9, 2015

Twitter updated its 6-second video sharing app Vine today, bringing the iOS client to version 3.4. The change log only includes a single item, but it’s a significant one for users who have ever had trouble tracking down a clip: proper search.

Since its inception, or close to it, users have been able to search Vine for users and hashtags, but this returned extremely limited results, and made it nearly impossible to discover or track down older, popular videos. But that changes today. Read More

 

Tweetbot 2 for Mac arrives with OS X Yosemite design and other new features

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 4, 2015

Better late than never! Developer Tapbots has at last unleashed a major update to its popular Twitter client for OS X. Tweetbot 2 for Mac is now available as a free update for existing Tweetbot users. For new users, the application is now available at a discounted price of $12.99, down from its regular asking price of $19.99.

Aside from a fresh coat of paint and a dark translucent appearance on Yosemite systems, Tweetbot 2 for Mac sports an improved timeline search feature, optional verified badges, a three-pane layout that brings order to your lists, an iOS-style interface in the tweet detail view, the ability to see a user’s recent photos and more. Read More

 

Periscope for iPhone gains instant replays, finding location-enabled broadcasts and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 4, 2015

Periscope for iPhone, a Twitter-owned live-broadcasting app, was updated Thursday with a few new features, including one that lets you browse live broadcasts on a world map by location.

You’ll notice a new Map option under the Global section within the app. Tap it for a nicely done zoomable map which highlights live streams relevant to your current location. Read More

 

Unsurprisingly, iPhone Messages bug crashes iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, WhatsApp, Twitter and Snapchat

By Christian Zibreg on May 29, 2015

An odd software bug which causes the iPhone’s Messages application to crash and sends the handset into a respring after a certain text is received affects the iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch, too. In addition, the text bug apparently affects third-party social and messaging apps that deal with text, including WhatsApp, Twitter and Snapchat, The Guardian newspaper learned today.

That’s hardly surprising. The issue can be traced back to a specific series of Unicode characters, suggesting a bug in the text engine framework called CoreText that exists in iOS and OS X.

That would explain why third-party apps that deal with messages, like Twitter and Snapchat, were affected as they tap into Apple’s CoreText engine to manage strings of text and layouts. Read More

 

Google and Twitter team up to provide Tweets in mobile search results

By Cody Lee on May 19, 2015

Google and Twitter announced on Tuesday that they are partnering up to bring Tweets to Google Search on mobile devices. The move means that now, anytime you perform a search using the Google app (iOS or Android) or mobile browser, you’ll see real-time content from Twitter in your results.

The search results are triggered by “Twitter” keyword searches, and include both hashtags and accounts. So you can either search for feedback on the new #TaylorSwift album or #MadMenFinale, or you can track down NASA’s Twitter account, and view their recent Tweets without leaving Google. Read More

 

Tweetbot 3 updated with support for new ‘Quote Tweet’ feature

By Cody Lee on May 1, 2015

The Tapbots issued an update for their iPhone Twitter client Tweetbot 3 today, bringing the app to version 3.6. The release includes a number of bug fixes, and it adds support for the new ‘Quote Tweet’ feature Twitter rolled out last month.

For those who haven’t used the feature yet, it’s actually pretty handy. Unlike the typical retweet, which will insert the tweet between quotation marks and count toward your character limit, Quote Tweet embeds the tweet like a card or photo. Read More

 

Twitter content and accounts coming soon to Spotlight search

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 29, 2015

According to Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Twitter content such as tweets and accounts are coming to Apple’s Spotlight search engine on Macs and iOS devices, allowing for an even tighter integration between the iPhone maker and the popular micro-blogging service, MacWorld reported Wednesday. Apple added Twitter to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad as the inaugural third-party service integration in iOS 5 three years ago. Read More

 

Twitter’s iOS app now showing apps on profile pages, new Highlights feature hits Android

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 23, 2015

The official Twitter application for the iPhone and iPad is now showing certain apps on profile pages, as noted by Twitter user ‘ryan’. It’s a silent refresh on Twitter’s backend, meaning no update is necessary to your existing copy of Twitter for iOS. The web interface is unaffected by this nifty little change.

For the time being, it seems that mostly applications from major publications and brands are being highlighted, including ones by The New York Times and BuzzFeed, among others. In addition to branded news apps, other notable brands include Spotify and Twitter’s own Periscope. Read More

 

Twitter now lets you receive DMs from anyone

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 20, 2015

Twitter apps for mobiles are getting a small yet significant update Monday, bringing out the ability to receive direct messages (DMs) from anyone. The company originally rolled out this feature as an experiment in October 2013 only to pull it the following month because it was unfinished and not ready for prime time yet. You opt-in to use the new feature by ticking a box next to “Receive Direct Messages from anyone” in the settings.

This lets anyone on Twitter send you a private message, regardless of whether or not they’re following you. Previously, direct messaging has only been possible between users who follow each other.

The current implementation doesn’t pose a major threat to established messaging services due to an account limit of 1,000 DMs sent per day. Once you hit this limit, you won’t be able to send any more DMs for the day. The update is currently rolling out to App Stores around the world so check back in a few hours if it’s not live yet. Read More

 

Twitterrific hits Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2015

Twitterrific developer The Iconfactory last evening announced immediate availability of Twitterrific for Apple Watch.

The company’s freemium Twitter client for the iPhone and iPad was refreshed on the App Store with all-new Apple Watch functionality in the form of Glances, Notifications and the recent activity view. Twitterrific’s Glances put retweets, favorites and new followers you’ve received over the past 24 hours, in addition to the current unread tweet count, right on your wrist.

But don’t you worry, you’ll be able to fine-tune which Twitter notifications appear on your Watch so you don’t get inundated with unwanted alerts. Interestingly enough, The Iconfactory has opted for an unusual route of by requiring you to upgrade to Twitterrific’s push notifications via a one-time $1.99 In-App Purchase in order to unlock the full Apple Watch functionality. Read More

 

Twitter folding Discover and Activity tabs on mobile into enhanced Search

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 9, 2015

Twitter giveth, Twitter taketh away. Twitter first said this morning that iPhone users can now upload and share their gorgeous 120FPS and 240FPS slow-motion videos through its mobile app and now we’re receiving word that the startup will soon axe the Discover and Activity tabs from Twitter for iPhone and iPad.

The change, apparently a result of lack of interest, will be rolling out to mobile users over the next few days. Read More

 

Twitter now supports iPhone’s slow motion videos

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 9, 2015

As of today, it’s now possible to share slow-motion videos using Twitter’s iPhone and iPad app, the micro-blogging service announced in a tweet. The feature has been enabled via a silent backend update so there’s no need to update Twitter’s iOS app.

The ability to upload and share slow-motion videos entails both footage captured in 120 frames per second on your iPhone 5s and higher frame-rate videos at 240 frames per second recorded on the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Read More

 

Twitter rolling out revamped ‘Quote Tweet’ feature with comments

By Cody Lee on Apr 6, 2015

Twitter on Monday announced that it would be rolling out a revamped Retweet feature to all of its platforms. The new feature allows users to easily add comments to Retweets, and properly embeds them instead of inserting them between quotation marks. It also lets you quickly undo a Retweet, should you change your mind.

The new Retweet is being rolled out to iPhone apps and on the web, and will later make its way to Android. For those wanting to check it out on the web, simply hover over the Retweet icon, and a pop-up box (like the one above) will appear, giving you the option to either perform a standard Retweet or add a comment. Read More

 

Tweetbot for Mac adds support for Twitter-hosted GIF and video image previews

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 2, 2015

To make the wait until a massive (and way overdue) Yosemite overhaul of Tweetbot, the most purchased Twitter alternative on the Apple platform, developer Tapbots on Thursday pushed a small yet important update to Tweetbot for Mac.

This new version at last added official support for Twitter-hosted animated GIFs and video image previews. In addition to these enhancements, this edition of Tweetbot saw improvements in storage and memory usage.

So now when someone attaches an animated GIF to their tweet or records a video in Twitter’s native video format, you’ll see the video thumbnail inline. Previously, it wouldn’t show any thumbnail at all, leaving you with clickable URLs that opened in a browser. Read More

 

TweetDeck for Mac gains group DMs, inline video and GIFs and other goodies

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 1, 2015

TweetDeck for Mac, the popular Twitter-owned desktop client, on Wednesday received its first significant update since August 2014.

Available free of charge, the refreshed application now displays native Twitter video and animated GIF files inline and allows you to exchange direct messages with multiple users in group conversations, in addition to half a dozen other improvements. Read More

 
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