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Twitter Testing Ephemeral Tweets Called 'Fleets'

Wednesday March 4, 2020 8:35 am PST by Juli Clover
Twitter is considering rolling out an ephemeral tweet option called a "Fleet," which is a tweet that lasts for 24 hours before disappearing and has no retweets, likes, or public comments. Snapchat was the first major social networking app to feature short-lived content that eventually disappears, but since then, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, WhatsApp and more have added Story options where...

Twitter Adds 'Continue Thread' Option for Linking a New Tweet to an Existing Tweet

Wednesday February 19, 2020 5:13 pm PST by Juli Clover
Twitter this afternoon announced the launch of a new feature that's designed to link two tweets together in a more logical way. When composing a tweet, there's a new option to view previous tweets, which can be selected and linked via a "Continue Thread" option. To get to the Continue Thread interface, just pull downwards on the compose window on an iPhone or iPad and then tap on the...

Latest Twitter for iPad Update Adds Option to Disable Multi-Column View

Thursday February 6, 2020 3:26 am PST by Tim Hardwick
Twitter has updated its official iPad app, introducing a change to the main interface that many users will welcome. Twitter for ‌iPad‌ with multi-column view disabled (right) The last major update to Twitter for ‌iPad‌ attempted to make better use of the iOS device's larger screen by introducing a multi-column view that placed the timeline on the left and the search bar with trending topics...

Twitter for Mac Gains Improved Touch Bar Support

Tuesday February 4, 2020 8:29 am PST by Juli Clover
Twitter this week updated its Twitter for Mac app, introducing improved Touch Bar support for those who have a Mac with a Touch Bar. According to the release notes for the update, it includes Touch Bar options for switching tabs and searching when the main window is in focus along with new buttons when using the composer to create a tweet or viewing a user's profile page. Twitter for Mac's ...

Twitter Brings Emoji Reactions to Direct Messages

Thursday January 23, 2020 12:27 am PST by Tim Hardwick
Twitter has announced support for emoji reactions in its direct messages. The new feature lets you respond to DMs without having to type anything, similar to the reactions available to iMessage users when they want to acknowledge messages without sending a proper reply. To use the new emoji reactions in Twitter, either tap the small heart icon with the plus sign merging into it that appears...

Twitter Adding 'Conversation Participants' Option to Limit Replies to Tweets

Wednesday January 8, 2020 9:14 am PST by Juli Clover
At CES, Twitter's director of product management Suzanne Xie outlined some new features that are coming to the social network, and The Verge has shared details on what we can expect. In the future, Twitter will add a "conversation participants" option on the screen where a tweet is composed. Twitter users will be able to choose between four options: Global, Group, Panel, and Statement. The...

Twitter Bans Animated PNG Image Files After Attackers Target Users With Epilepsy

Tuesday December 24, 2019 1:30 am PST by Tim Hardwick
Twitter has banned the use of animated PNG image (APNG) files on its platform, after attackers targeted the Epilepsy Foundation's Twitter account using images that could potentially causes seizures in photo-sensitive individuals. The company said it had discovered a bug that allowed users to bypass its autoplay settings and enabled several animated images to be attached to a single tweet using ...

Twitter for iPad Updated With Redesigned Interface and Multi-Column Layout

Thursday December 19, 2019 12:59 am PST by Tim Hardwick
Twitter today updated its official Twitter app for iPad with a redesigned interface that makes better use of the iOS device's larger screen. The new Twitter interface on ‌iPad‌, first spotted by Applesfera Up until now, Twitter on ‌iPad‌ adopted the exact same interface as on the iPhone, which meant ‌iPad‌ users were presented with a single timeline with two big white unused spaces on either...

'Nighthawk' Twitter Client Launches With Smart Filters, Close Friends Timeline, and More

Wednesday December 18, 2019 3:15 am PST by Tim Hardwick
A new Twitter client for iPhone and iPad launched today that aims to make it easier for users to manage their timeline and make the relentless stream of content on the social platform less overwhelming. Nighthawk for iOS comes with several Smart Filter features that go beyond the ability to mute certain words and phrases, offering hundreds of human-curated filters for hiding tweets related...

Twitter Finally Launches Support for Live Photos, Allowing Them to Be Uploaded as GIFs

Wednesday December 11, 2019 1:34 pm PST by Juli Clover
Twitter today announced support for Apple's Live Photos, which can now be uploaded to Twitter and shared as GIFs. Apple first introduced ‌Live Photos‌ in 2015 alongside the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, though most social networks still do not support the format and do not allow ‌Live Photos‌ to play when uploaded. ‌Live Photos‌ are designed to add movement to still photos to bring them to life, ...

Twitter Introducing 'Topics' Feature That Lets Users Follow Subjects of Interest

Tuesday November 12, 2019 2:32 am PST by Tim Hardwick
Twitter is set to roll out a new feature called "Topics" that allows users to follow conversations about subjects of interest, similar to how they'd follow an account. According to an official Twitter blog post, Topic suggestions will soon start appearing in user timelines and in search, based on what they tend to look for and already follow on the social media platform. When a user...

Instagram to Start Hiding 'Likes' in the US This Week

Monday November 11, 2019 3:17 am PST by Tim Hardwick
Instagram is to begin testing hiding content "likes" in the United States this week. The change will first be rolled out to a limited number of accounts in the U.S., and users of those accounts will still be able to see how many likes they got on their own posts. The plan was announced at WIRED25 by head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, who also took to Twitter to share the news. "It's about young ...

Twitter Issues iOS App Update to Fix Buggy Auto-Refresh Timeline Behavior

Wednesday November 6, 2019 1:00 am PST by Tim Hardwick
Twitter has pushed out a point release for its official iPhone and iPad app after numerous reports of buggy auto-refresh behavior began appearing on social media. A number of users who updated to version 8.1 of the app, released last week, said that their Twitter timeline was refreshing randomly and making them lose track of what they were reading. It's unclear what's been causing the jumpy ...

Twitter for Mac Now Available From Mac App Store

Thursday October 10, 2019 6:44 pm PDT by Juli Clover
When Apple announced macOS Catalina at the Worldwide Developers Conference and unveiled its new Catalyst feature that would allow iPad apps to be easily ported over to the Mac, Twitter was one of the upcoming apps shown off. ‌macOS Catalina‌ launched on Monday, and as of today, the Twitter for Mac app is now available. ‌macOS Catalina‌ is required to download and use the new app, as it is...

Twitter 'Unintentionally' Used Some Customer Data Provided for Account Security for Advertising Purposes

Tuesday October 8, 2019 3:27 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Twitter's support account today announced that Twitter used some customer email addresses and phone numbers that were provided for account security for advertising purposes, which Twitter says was done "unintentionally." More specifically, email addresses and phone numbers were used in Twitter's Tailored Audiences and Partner Audiences advertising systems. Tailored Audiences is a feature...

Twitter Expands Direct Message Search to All Users

Tuesday October 1, 2019 2:08 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Twitter today announced that its Direct Message (DM) search feature is now available to all users, allowing anyone to search through the DMs they've received. The new search bar is located above the the DM interface in the Twitter app or on the web and it can be used to locate specific conversations and key words. DM search first debuted in August, when Twitter said that it was testing...

Twitter Now Lets You Pin and Swipe Between Up to Five Lists

Monday September 23, 2019 1:23 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Twitter today implemented a feature that's designed to allow lists of Twitter users to be pinned to the Home screen and swiped between, allowing for easy access to multiple customizable timelines. Twitter users are now able to add five lists to the Twitter app, swiping between them on the Home screen. With this new feature, Twitter users can do things like group coworkers, friends, and...

Twitter Rolls Out New 'Hide Replies' Feature to Users in U.S. and Japan

Friday September 20, 2019 4:08 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Twitter today rolled out its new "Hide Replies" feature in the U.S. and Japan, providing Twitter users with more control over the replies that are visible following a tweet. The idea behind the feature is to give people more control over the conversations they start on the social media platform, so they can hide replies that are offensive and the hidden reply won't show up to others as a...

Twitter Testing Feature That Lets You Follow Interests, Support for Live Photos Coming

Tuesday August 13, 2019 3:46 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Twitter this afternoon unveiled several new features that are in the works for the social network, sharing the news at an event for press that was attended by The Verge. Twitter will soon allow users to follow interests in addition to people, which will let users see tweets about topics of their choosing such as sports teams, celebrities, TV shows, and more. The feature, in testing on...

Twitter Testing Notifications for New Replies to a Specific Tweet

Tuesday August 13, 2019 3:13 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Twitter is currently trialing a new feature with iOS and Android users that lets them receive notifications of replies to individual tweets. As things are, the Twitter mobile app can ping you with alerts for all the tweets posted by an individual account, but the new feature in testing adds an extra level of granular control by notifying you only of replies to a particular tweet. The option ...