News tagged: Twitter Update
Mobile and desktop users, even if they do not have a Twitter account, will now see some tweets on the network. Both non-users and logged out users will see content on the site, whereas Twitter had only been showing those visitors a basic login screen.
Photos that appear in your Twitter timeline are no longer going to be cropped. The social network has begun displaying photos in their entirety and while that does take up some additional space, the photos look nicer. Twitter has also changed its multi-image tweet layout.
Twitter has included native video support in its latest version of Twitter Kit for developers, allowing users to more easily watch full-screen GIFs and videos. iOS apps on iOS 8+ are already supported and Android apps will begin showing native videos soon.
Shortly after replacing its favorite star button with a heart, Twitter is reportedly testing emoji responses to posts. A developer version of the app now comes with the ability to respond with emojis instead of hearts, allowing people to give better responses.
Twitter has always forced its users to communicate in less than 140 characters, but that may change. Recode reports that limitation is going to at least partially disappear soon when Twitter introduces a "new product" that will let users go beyond 140 characters.
In its latest feature test, Twitter has added polls to tweets. Users are reporting they have gained access to the feature, which lets them insert polls within their posts. Other users can vote in the polls and see the results. It is only possible to have two options in a poll.
Twitter has introduced new follow and tweet buttons that will replace the ones everyone has gotten used to seeing over the past few years. These buttons are simpler, flatter, and do not have a share count next to them like their predecessors. The share count API will be disabled.
Some Twitter users on Android and iOS may be seeing a new tab that the social network is testing. Twitter is experimenting with a "Featured News" tab that will display trending news topics. The tab is located in the middle of the bottom row of icons in Twitter's mobile apps.
Interactive notifications have been turned on for Twitter on iOS. A small update for the app has enabled those notifications. Users can now favorite tweets that show up while they are in another app and the interactive notifications also let users reply to tweets.
Twitter updated its web design on Monday and removed wallpapers from timelines and homepages. This change has angered many Twitter users since they are only seeing an all-white background instead of custom backgrounds across the network. Backgrounds are now entirely white.
Twitter has begun testing some new pages that would be used just for products and businesses. The social network announced two new types of pages, one of which shares some elements with Pinterest. Collections are Pinterest-like pages that are used by brands.
Twitter's updated search results interface has expanded to become available for all web users. Logged-in users will see more filter options and a cleaner design when searching the network. Some users have had access to the interface since 2014. Many filters are available.
Twitter's direct message (DM) feature has been upgraded so that users can receive messages from anyone. Before this update, you could only send DMs to someone who was following you. Twitter first launched a wider DM feature in 2013 but it was limited to a small group of users.
Twitter has a new homepage for people who are not signed in. The homepage will be used to attract non-users and it will also appear for those with an account who just happen to be logged out. Non-users had previously only seen a sign-up page when visiting the site.
Twitter has begun experimenting with the ability to pin apps to brand profiles. Companies would be given the ability to pin a particular application to their profile with this feature. Users have already seen Periscope, Vine, and Uber doing this on their pages.
A Twitter experiment has completely changed the way searches appear on the social network. Some users are seeing the updated search on Twitter.com and it includes a new design and new tabs for sorting tweets. Tweets are sorted by account, popularity, and photos.
Twitter has updated trends so that it is easier to understand what hashtags are actually talking about. Only seeing a hashtag can be confusing if you are not up-to-date on current popular topics. Trends will now give a explanation of what a hashtag is referring to.
The "quote tweet" hasn't generally been the most useful feature but it has just been upgraded in a big way. Before, the function would just wrap a tweet in quotes and then put it on your timeline. It'll now be possible to add your own thoughts when quoting.
Social networks have always been havens for threats and bullying, and Twitter has arisen in the past few years as one of the worst places for harassment. The social network already has block and report tools, but they haven't actually curbed the bullying. Upgrades are
Twitter has announced a few changes to the network, including additional color options, a new default web font, and a couple new buttons on profile pages. The new font is supposed to improve both speed and reliability on Twitter, according to the announcement.