Twitter Updates Mobile Apps with New Design

Twitter Updates Mobile Apps with New Design

Twitter Updates Mobile Apps with New Design

Twitter has released version 6.0 of their mobile app for Android and iOS that sports a new design, and a number of other updates.

According to the update:

New Design

  • Refreshed look and feel. Home, Activity and Discover now available by swiping in Timelines. Easier access to DMs.

Share photos in Direct Messages.

  • Send and receive photos via DMs.

Notifications from your network.

  • Choose to view replies, retweets, and favorites from only the people that you follow.

Search got even easier.

  • Access tweets from people you follow and near you, directly from search results.

Safari Reading List support

  • Save web articles to read later with Safari Reading List.

The major change right off the bat is swiping to access Discover and Activity. Rather than buttons at the bottom of the app, swipe the entire timeline to the left to access Discover and then Activity.

If you want to find new people, tap the Person icon in the upper left corner.

To get to your lists, you'll still need to go to Me and then scroll down and tap on lists, then the list of your choice. This remains one of the major drawbacks to me for using the native Twitter app, as most people are following far too many people to make the Home stream worthwhile. Instead, we use lists to organize the people we're following in a meaningful way. (I use HootSuite instead and have my favorite lists saved as streams within the app.)

The integration of sending images via DM is a cool option, and it makes sense that access to your direct messages is now a bit easier. Twitter is expecting users to begin sending each other far more images, which is a reasonable expectation.

Do you use the native Twitter app? If so, what do you think of the latest version? If not, what do you use instead?


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