Today Twitter for iPhone 4.3 was released on the App Store, a major update to the official Twitter client that brings with it the ability to view enhanced and expended tweets right in the app. Here's a rundown of the features:
- Expanded Tweets -- when you view Tweet details containing links to partner websites, you can now see content previews, view images, play videos, and more (rolling out gradually)
- Enhanced experience around selected events with the bets Tweets and photos from those involved
- Push notifications for Tweets -- choose to receive notifications from people you follow any time they tweet or retweet
- Ambient notifications -- enables you to see brief non-interruptive notifications in the status bar while you're using the app
- Improvements to search autocomplete for users
- Discover -- now indicates when new stories are available for you to view
- Tappable avatars take you directly to user profiles
- Performance improvements
- Support for password entry in app when experiencing authentication issues
- Support for the Hungarian language
- Icon (image at right) features the new Twitter bird!
You can download the new Twitter for iPhone and iPad now, completely free.
While it’s nothing new to be able to follow your favorite tweets via SMS, those who haven’t yet signed away their free time to the popular social network will be able to get a taste of the service through their cell phones. The new feature is called Fast Follow, and works as simple as texting “follow [Twitter name]” to 40404.
This allows users to see what Twitter is about, and gives them the option to sign up by replying back to a tweet, “SIGNUP”. Easy, huh? What’s more is you can cancel tweets with a simple “off” command, and “on” to resume them.
This feature takes Twitter back to its origin when it was necessary to use SMS to update your Twitter. Hence the 140 character limit. While your at it, feel free to text “Follow GearLive” to 40404! Or, you can just follow us the traditional way.
Read More | Twitter Blog
TweetCraft brings two obsessive habits together, allowing you to do both at once. That’s right, my addicted friends, you can now follow your Twitter friends (like us!) while you play World of Warcraft, thanks to a handy little tool called Tweetcraft. Tweetcraft is an in-game Twitter client that lets you tweet while playing. You can also upload screenshots, and have it send out tweets when you log in to the game, enter an instance, or get an achievement. Yeah, so, it’s pretty much a must-have if you are a World of Warcraft-addicted Twitter fanatic. Hit the video above for more on how it all looks and works.
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Dell claims that their Outlet sales have made at least $3 million in revenue since they began subscribing to Twitter in 2007. They say that they have made money both from new sales and refurbished products. Undoubtedly much of the 650,000 following is attributed to Twitter-exclusive offers, Dell Outlet deals and Outlet-specific updates because before that time, they only had a mere 11,000 subscribers.
Read More | Dell Blog
INQ Mobile, a subsidiary of Hong Kong’s Hutchison Whampoa, previously made the INQ1 Skype phone (shown) and has sold about 700,000 of them since 2007. In addition to releasing a new one for the holiday season, they will also be producing a cell phone specifically designed for Twitter. At a price of less than $140.00, the phone will use an Internet connection to send 140 character messages. Get yours before tweeting goes out of style.
Read More | Reuters
Oprah and Ashton should be thrilled. Twitter has partnered with Reveille and Brillstein Entertainment to develop a TV series. With a concept by Amy Ephron, the unscripted show will have “ordinary” people tracking celebs.
Details are sketchy but Co-Producer Jon Liebman claims that, “We’ve found a compelling way to bring the immediacy of Twitter to life on TV.”
It sounds like a cross between reality TV and paparazzi-like stalking to us, but then we suppose everyone wants his/her 15 minutes.
Read More | Variety
Romeo, a white and ginger cat, has its own Twitter following. In less than three months, he has managed to gather more than $5,000.00 in funds for animal rescue groups. Caroline Golon created the account for her 5 year-old Persian, who is himself a rescue cat. He had hearing issues and had to go through several surgeries, resulting in one limp ear. Still, we are glad to hear that Twitter can be used this way and that two national companies not only back him but contribute to the causes he
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If Ashton Kutcher is correct, this is the year of Twitter. Almost everything you wanted to know about it but are too embarrassed to admit can be found on TweetMeUp. There are tips, tricks and links to free downloads such as the TweetMyBlogWP plugin and the Twitter info pack. The home screen refreshes every two minutes and news is also included on the site. And of course, you can find all the information on Twitter.
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Twitter is not just for people anymore. BakerTweet, designed by Poke London, lists their bakery goods when they come out of oven. The device is an Arduino board and Linksys WiFi adapter combined in a box. They scroll through a list and push a button to send out a pre-configured tweet. Installed in the Albion Cafe in London, it already has a following of over 300 customers. It’s easy to understand why when you read one of their descriptions:
“Rocks of buttery, raisiny joy, freshly risen scones to slather with cream and jam - just being set out now.”
Yummy. We are thinking that this may be a new trend and could be used in reverse, say if you were on your way home and wanted to pick up a pizza. “Dude, make me a Meat Lovers Med.”
Read More | Slash Gear
Poor texters can now use TweetCall to speak their messages. A free service, after signing up, you dial up 1-877-TWEETCALL, tweet a bit and your voice is transcribed. The service is powered by Quicktate that uses real humans to proofread for correct syntax, spelling, punctuation and capitalization, not that most use them in the first place. And speaking rather than typing may result in your being cut off because you went past your 140 character limit.
Read More | TweetCall