Twitter for iOS Update Brings Improved Tweet Composer and Wider Timeline

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, May 29, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Twitter has updated its official iOS app, adding a streamlined posting process that previews tweets before they are published, as well as a wider timeline that makes better use of the iPhone's screen real estate.

    On the official Twitter blog, the company boasts that photos can be tweeted in the new app in under six seconds.
    Twitter for iOS is a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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  2. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    things I'd like to see

    1. ability to see mentions and posts for folks you follow together based on date/time. not necessarily in your main timeline (although that would be cool for conversations at least) but when you select them.

    2. ability to have private comments even if your profile is in general public. So like you can post something just to followers without having to take the whole thing private

    3. either increase the tweet length (something has done) or built support into system for things like twitlonger so if you go over it prompts you to either cut back or use TL. and let us see them without having to go to a webpage etc. I think many folks would happily pay say $20 a year for such a service if Twitter bought it and built it in. Perhaps it could be a Twitter Pro and would also include killing sponsored posts from using your name or appearing in your timeline.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2008
    I'll continue to use TweetBot until the official app syncs my timeline between my iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
  4. macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK
    Good to see them getting rid of the stupid vertical borders.

    Now just crush the information back vertically too, but DMs back on the bottom menu where they belong (and are on the OSX app), change how account switching works and get rid of the stupid blue bar that used to show the account name so it was actually useful and we'll have a Twitter app that's nearly as good as the one three versions ago.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2011
    The new app looks grim :/

    Much preferred it with the borders.
  6. macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2009
    I don't really understand what you're getting at with #1.

    #2 is never going to happen on twitter as it's sort of not the point. Twitter was designed to be very simple in this regard: you can follow people, or not; you can be followed, or not. There is no (and there's not going to be any) "well, this tweet I want to be totally public, and this one I just want to go to these 20 people, and this one only to my followers" functionally. If you want to send specific posts only to specific people/friends/followers/whatever, Google+ does that.

    As for increasing tweet length, that would kill the ability to tweet via SMS, which is how twitter started and believe it or not is a thing that people still actually do. Aside from the SMS issue, it would probably also be more of a technical challenge than you realize to just up and change the maximum tweet size. is not bound by this limitation and decided from its onset to go with 256 characters.
  7. macrumors regular


    Mar 7, 2011
    United Kingdom
    Looks much better without the borders, it draws you into the feed more.
  8. macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2008
  9. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    There are tweets someone makes and tweets made at them. If you aren't following the person that mentioned said person you can get a 'yes' from someone you follow without the 'hey do you own a dog' cause don't follow the person who asked the question.

    Thus it would be nice to be able to select to have the @ tweets directed toward the person you follow in your time line so you can see them without having to have extra swipes etc

    Unless you are the CEO of Twitter you can't really say it would never happen. The point of Twitter is what Twitter wants it to be. There was a time when they never planned to have photo and video sharing or even web links/link shortening but just intended it as quick text messages. But that changed.

    Not really since it would be an option and those that still tweet by SMS rather than an app could still be limited to the shorter length
  10. macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2005
    Bay Area, California
    I'd like my "return" key back, thank you very much.

    So tired of these turds and their updates.

    Now I have to write a tweet in notes first if I want to create a break. Thanks morons!
  11. macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2012
    The return key still exists, you just have to click the "123" key at the bottom left to toggle the availability.
  12. macrumors regular

    May 14, 2008
    People who want longer Tweets are missing the whole point of Twitter. Brevity is wit.
  13. macrumors 65816

    Aug 15, 2009
    Mokena, IL
    ....and more ads, or as they call them "top tweets"
  14. macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2013
    Twitter Pics

    Awesome! Excited to take a look at this new version myself.
  15. macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2013
    wow, great list, would love to see those changes.
    by the way, the new app looks awesome without those borders.:eek:
  16. macrumors member


    Oct 4, 2011
    Meh... its still not that good. I think Tweetbot and Twitterrific are the best iOS Twitter clients.
  17. macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2013
    i have to say the improved tweet composer is good, but the app looks ugly without those vertical borders.
    twitter please bring those borders back.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2012
    Northamptonshire, England
  19. macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    how about hashtags not eating into valuable character count? or perhaps the ability to display tweets in a format that doesn't look like DOS command lines.

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