Twitter apps update eliminates annoying DM bugbear, improves Discovery
Twitter has issued a relatively minor update for its iOS, Android, Mac, iPad and mobile web and desktop clients, which finally resolves one of the most complained-about aspects of using the social network.
The new app now syncs direct messages to ‘mark as read’ across all devices, rather than appearing as a new message when a user checks in on a different device.
Previously users would pick up their mobile handsets to be notified of a new direct message, despite having previously dealt with it on the desktop and vise versa.
“We’ve heard your feedback: Direct messages now sync across all your devices,” the company announced in a blog post on Monday evening.
Other improvements for the Android, iPhone, iPad and mobile web apps include better search results, with account previews now featuring a full biography of the user, while a swipe to the right will display suggestions similar to your query.
The blog post explained: “This account preview makes it easier and faster to find and learn more about the accounts you’re looking for. And if you swipe the preview to the left, you’ll find similar accounts –– for example, if you search for the MLB, you’ll see suggestions for ESPN, Ken Rosenthal, and other MLB-related accounts.
“Additionally, a new in-app indicator in search results will show you when there are new Tweets for your query, making it easier for you to stay up to date on the latest Twitter conversation.”
Twitter for iPhone gets one improvement the others don’t with a new built-in tweet composer that appears when you tap to expand a tweet, as you can see in the picture above.