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February 11, 2013

Twitter Issues Tweaks and Improvements for Mobile Applications

By Oliver VanDervoort, Contributing Writer

Anyone who has taken a good long look at Twitter or Facebook (News - Alert) can tell you that despite the fact that those sites are the kings of social networking, there is always room for improvement. All one has to do is take a look at the issue of getting the Library of Congress on Twitter (News - Alert) to know that even the tops in a field can always get just a little bit better, which is the driving force behind Twitter’s announcement that the update to their smartphone app is going to be a minor, but an important tweak.

Twitter and other social networking mediums have been at each other’s throats over the last few months in a fight that is starting to look an awful lot like something you would see between Apple (News - Alert) and Samsung. Those fights have actually been sort of productive for the users because they get little to enjoy tweaks and improvements from all the sites that are involved in the fight.

The update means that people who are using their Twitter application on their smartphones will be able to open links quicker than they did before. Before this update, users had to go through a couple of different steps to open a link from their timeline. This new process isn’t going to be seen as a huge fix, unless you are talking to people who spend an awful lot of time on Twitter.

Even better is a new feature for iPhone (News - Alert) users that will put a search bar on that application. This mirrors a function that has been on the Android version of the Twitter app for quite some time. The update is also combining the “Discover” tab into one page, when in the past there were several different places a user had to go to see all that information. The final piece of the update is that the “Connect” tab has also been consolidated so that follows, mentions, and retweets are also in one place.

Edited by Ashley Caputo
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