Twitter Overhauls iPhone App
Twitter today made a new version of its application available to the iPhone and iPad. The new software includes sweeping changes to the user interface, as well as new features. First is the Quick Bar, which lets users view trends and other info (including promoted trends/tweets) without leaving their timeline. It can also display trends based on location. The tweet composition screen has been simplified, and direct messages now appear in a more threaded SMS style. Other improvements include better autocomplete and hashtag support, better contact integration, easier-to-use preferences, and easier photo uploads. The update is free.
Twitter Debuts 'Explore' Tab In Mobile Apps
Twitter today took a step toward simplifying the process of browsing through and searching for content in its Android and iOS mobile apps. Moving forward, Twitter is combining the Trends, Moments, and Search functions into a single tab called Explore.
Twitter Unifying iPhone and iPad App UIs
Twitter said it is bridging the gap between its iPhone and iPad applications so users have the same experience no matter which device they pick up. The iPhone and iPad apps were originally developed separately, according to Twitter.
Twitter Makes Privately Sharing Tweets Easier
Twitter is adding a new button to its Android and iOS apps today that makes it simple to send tweets directly to other users. The tool is meant to help take public content private, so it can be shared and discussed with individuals in direct messages.
Instagram Boosts Appeal of Direct Messages with Threaded Convos
Instagram today improved the private messaging features of its Android and iOS apps through an update. To start, messages between individuals and groups are now threaded, rather than separate.