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TwIM, released today, is a new app that turns Twitter's Direct Messages function into a dedicated chat app, ignoring all other Twitter features for a clean, simple DM chat experience.

Because it is based on Twitter's Direct Messages feature, TwIM can be used to chat with any Twitter user through a search function that can locate people via name or username.

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Messages are turned into in-line content previews with support for tweets, photos, GIFs, emoji, maps, and websites, plus the app has its own built-in face emojis called TwiMoji.

iPhone features like 3D Touch are supported, and the app includes built-in Siri functionality for sending messages through Apple's voice assistant. Push notifications for incoming messages are supported, as are rich notifications, and there's a useful share extension for quickly sharing text, photos, URLs, maps, and more from other apps.

For people who often use Twitter's DM feature to communicate with friends and family, TwIM is worth checking out.

TwIM can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Article Link: TwIM is a New App for Communicating via Twitter Direct Message
 

Corrode

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With message-based apps exploding in popularity over the last few years, this is a missed opportunity for Twitter. Just like every other opportunity that comes their way.
 
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macduke

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I hope MacRumors are going to advertise my next app for free.
Create something with enough mass market appeal (and without an icon featuring a hideous version of the Jurassic Park typeface splurged on top of an AIDS virus) and maybe they will. Just ribbin ya, but seriously though, change that icon. People judge books by their cover and apps by their icon. It's just psychology. Also the name evokes a battery app and not a content blocker.

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Using Twitter DM for IM is a really nice and simple idea. I'm kind of upset that I didn't come up with it first. I've had a hankering to design a really simple UI for a while now.
 

Amazing Iceman

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Oh, phew. I was worried there wouldn't be a fourteen billionth different way for me to chat with friends.
You could always pickup the phone and call your friends.
Use the speakerphone feature of your phone and you'll have your hands free to keep busy on something else.

I don't understand why people prefer to waste so much time typing. They could probably spend a lot less time having a whole voice conversation.
Not saying that chatting is bad, just that many times is better to make a phone call.

Someone please invent oral emojis to please the crowds!
 

C DM

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You could always pickup the phone and call your friends.
Use the speakerphone feature of your phone and you'll have your hands free to keep busy on something else.

I don't understand why people prefer to waste so much time typing. They could probably spend a lot less time having a whole voice conversation. Someone please invent oral emojis to please the crowds!
It's asynchronous and can be done at ones own pace. It's fairly quiet and private. Can be done with multiple people at the same time in an easier fashion that a conference call when it's not something like a meeting or something like that. Can be better for some in various situations compared to a call.
 

Amazing Iceman

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It's asynchronous and can be done at ones own pace. It's fairly quiet and private. Can be done with multiple people at the same time in an easier fashion that a conference call when it's not something like a meeting or something like that. Can be better for some in various situations compared to a call.
I'm not against chat, but I have seen people who are a few steps away from each other chatting between them, when all they had to do is speak.
 

miniyou64

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Twitter is over. After they totally took away free speech and became an SJW echo chamber they destroyed what value there was there
 

darkpaw

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Create something with enough mass market appeal (and without an icon featuring a hideous version of the Jurassic Park typeface splurged on top of an AIDS virus) and maybe they will. Just ribbin ya, but seriously though, change that icon. People judge books by their cover and apps by their icon. It's just psychology. Also the name evokes a battery app and not a content blocker.
To be fair, the icon for TwIM looks like the Twitter bird with Donald Trump's hair. Should he change that?
 

C DM

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Twitter is over. After they totally took away free speech and became an SJW echo chamber they destroyed what value there was there
People keep saying it year after year and yet it's even more mainstream than it has been before.
 

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The problem is that Twitter Inc. isn't profitable. It's a fabulously popular as a social media service. Unfortunately it's a failure as a publicly traded business.
 

macduke

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To be fair, the icon for TwIM looks like the Twitter bird with Donald Trump's hair. Should he change that?
I hadn't even looked at their icon until now. The icon works because it's referencing a chat message bubble. Some stylistic changes had to be made to balance the duality between the form of a Twitter bird and the form of a chat bubble. It's not a great icon, but it's clever and simple. The main issue is that it's not very striking—like a weaker version of the Rdio logo, which it closely resembles. Also reminds me of USA Today. It could use a bit more contrast around the wings, and a little bit of elongation to make it less circular which would visually strengthen the connection to it being a chat bubble.
 
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