The native Twitter client was already pretty good, but a series of recent enhancements have made it a whole lot better. At first glance, the updated app looks pretty much the same –but there are definitely a number of changes that you are going to love.
While there are a few more major changes, subtle differences include: improvements to search autocomplete for users, better discover which now indicates when new stories are available for you to view, performance improvements and the addition of the all-important new Twitter bird.
More major feature enhancements include:
Expanded Tweets – If a tweet you are viewing links to one of their partner websites (like MLB, C-SPAN, Etsy and Vimeo) you can see detailed content previews, view images and play videos without leaving the Twitter app!
Push Notifications – Helpful for a variety of people, (new to Twitter and can’t keep up? using Twitter for business networking? following something important to you?) the new push notifications let you find out when people you follow are tweeting or retweeting.
Ambient Notifications – Providing a very zen way to work within Twitter, showing you brief non-interruptive notifications in the status bar while you are browsing other content in the app.
Tappable Avatars – My favorite of the new features, tappable avatars means the app can take you directly to user profiles.
What I liked: The value of an app can be measured in the tinier details. Twitter is starting to eliminate the frustration points and the “wouldn’t it be nice if” items from my wish list.
What I didn’t like: Some of the features are rolling out gradually, so it might take you a little while to see and enjoy these new things.
To buy or not to buy: The app is free and integrated nicely into iOS, so the real question is whether you should upgrade and whether you should use a different app for Twitter. The answers are yes and no, respectively.
- App Name: Twitter
- Version Reviewed: 4.3
- Category: Social Networking
- Developer: Twitter, Inc.
- Price: Free