Friday, May 13, 2011

Upgraded Mobile and Mac Twitter Apps

Just this week Twitter released a new and improved version of its mobile site and Mac version of the site. Twitter said in a blog post, “We want you to be able to access Twitter no matter where you are; regardless of what device you use; or, whether you prefer to access Twitter through a mobile application or the browser.” The new versions offer users cleaner interfaces and even more options for accessing their feeds.

Before the newest version was released, on a mobile device looked just like it did on the Web, but now, the mobile version of will look much more like a Twitter app. It will offer users the ability to scroll through timelines or access @mentions, trending topics and more. “This web app allows us to provide a high-quality and consistent Twitter experience on high-end touchscreen devices – whether or not an official Twitter application is available,” the blog continues. “It was built from the ground up for smartphones and tablets, which have more advanced browsers that support the latest web technologies, including HTML5.”

With all of the changes that have been made, Twitter promises users that they will have a much faster tweeting experience that takes advantage of the possibilities of touch and larger screens. “It’s simple – it’s easy-to-use and has the features you’d expect from a Twitter application, including your timeline…messages that you can read in conversation view, search, lists, and more,” the blog said.

A small percentage of iPhone, iPod Touch and Android smartphone users received the new and improved version of the mobile app on Wednesday, April 11. Additional users will have access to the app sometime in the next few weeks. For now, if users do not have the upgrade, they will be seeing the traditional

As I mentioned earlier, Twitter for Mac also received an update. This was really the first major update that Twitter for Mac has received. The changes included the ability to tweet much faster, see multiple timelines and complete actions much more quickly.

Twitter for Mac users will now be able to view the timeline, @mentions, lists, multiple accounts and more all at once. This is a huge improvement over the old version. Twitter says that they made all of the changes because they wanted to make Twitter for Mac much easier for its users. The new version now features a bar along the top of the page that allows users to click back to previous pages or send a new tweet. Twitter also said that they improved the Direct Message feature so that it is now much easier to view a conversation or access user profiles.

Twitter for Mac first appeared in January of this year and has since been a popular app. I’m sure that these updates from Twitter will only make it more popular. The upgraded version of Twitter for Mac is now available to download in the Mac App Store.

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