Twitter Gets Direct Message Sync, Other ImprovementsBy: Zach Walton - July 8, 2013
Notification sync across devices should be a given in pretty much everything these days. In fact, it’s a major feature of Android and iOS. Now Twitter is finally joining the party.
Twitter announced today that users will be able to sync direct messages across all of their devices. In other words, reading a direct message on one device will mark it as read across all of your other devices and the Web. It’s very convenient for those of us who use Twitter across the Web, a smartphone and a tablet.
Direct message sync isn’t the only update hitting Twitter today though. The social network announced that it’s making more improvements to search results. Here’s what you’ll see now:
Now when you search for people on Twitter, you may see an expanded user result that shows a full bio. 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.
These latest improvements to search are now available on Android, iOS and the Web.
As for Twitter for iPhone, every Tweet details page includes a built-in Tweet composer for easy replying. The iPhone app is also getting the new people button that was already added to the Android app.
Finally, Twitter for Mac’s Connect tab has been updated to include interactions (i.e. favorites, retweets and mentions). The app also supports six additional languages – Danish, Filipino, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish and Thai.
The above update is now available on Twitter for iPhone, but it has yet to be released on Twitter for Android. We’ll update you when it becomes available on Google Play.