Twitter update fixes DM problems

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Twitter updated its array of apps last night to solve one of the most irritating problems that people who use Twitter on more than one device will no doubt have experienced. According to Twitter the “coordinated update for seven different apps: Android, iPhone, iPad, Mac, twitter.com, mobile.twitter.com and TweetDeck.” brings with it the ability  to synchronise the ‘read’ status of direct messages across all of the platforms meaning that you won’t have to read a DM on multiple platforms again.

Twitter explained the feature:

When you read a DM on your Android phone or iPhone, it will be marked as read in your browser, your desktop apps, or your tablet. And vice versa. Please note that syncing will roll out gradually: you’ll need to get the latest version of each app to ensure it works on all of your devices.

Also in the update are improved search results and a new ‘Who to follow’ button that will give users recommendations similar to the ones seen on the side of the twitter.com site.

You can download the new versions of Twitter now directly from Google Play,  Apple’s App Store and Mac App Store.

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The full Twitter 5.8 for iOS changelog is as follows:

  • When you read a Direct message it will be marked as read in all of your official Twitter apps, including twitter.com, mobile.twitter.com, Twitter for Mac, Twitter for Android and TweetDeck. When you read a message on another official Twitter app, it will be marked as read on iPhone and iPad.
  • It’s easier to join conversations with a new reply composer in the Tweet details view on iPhone.
  • Find new accounts to follow by tapping the new people button in the navigation bar.
  • Richer search results indicate when there are new Tweets for your query and show account results with bios and social context.
  • Report unwanted Tweets via the “More” button.

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The full Twitter 2.30 for Mac changelog is as follows:

Now you can see when your Tweets have been retweeted or favorited, when you have a new follower, and when you’ve been added to a list in your @Connect timeline. You can also update your notification settings to see interactions in real time.
When you read a Direct message on Twitter for Mac it will be marked as read in all of your official Twitter apps, including Twitter for iPhone, Twitter for iPad, Twitter for Android, twitter.com, mobile.twitter.com and TweetDeck. When you read a message on another official Twitter app, it will be marked as read on your Mac.
Support for 6 new languages: Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Thai and Filipino.
Real names and @usernames appear together in all parts of the app.
Fixed character counting bug in the Tweet composer.
Fix for unfavoriting Tweets.
Fix for Growl notifications.
Other nifty fixes and improvements.

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The full Twitter 4.1.2 for Android changelog is as follows:

  • Now when you read a Direct message it will be marked as read in all of your official Twitter apps (including twitter.com, mobile.twitter.com, Twitter for Mac, Twitter for iPad and TweetDeck) and vice versa.
  • As you search you can now see user avatars and clear past searches from the dropdown menu.
  • Richer search results indicate when there are new Tweets for your query and show account results with bios and social context.

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David Greenway

David Greenway

David is a technology enthusiast with an insatiable thirst for information. He tends to get excited over new hardware and will often be the one in the room going "Its got 17 cores, 64GB of RAM and a 5" 4K flexible OLED display, oh it makes phone calls too?" Currently uses: Too many phones. Wants: World peace... and more phones.

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