MICROBLOGGING WEBSITE Twitter has released updates for its iOS and Android apps, adding the ability to send images in direct messages.
The updates, which Twitter also released for Tweetdeck for Web, Chrome and PC, see Twitter showing a new-found focus on direct messaging, no doubt to lure users from similar services such as Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp.
Chief among the new features included in the updates is the ability to send photos via direct messages.
Twitter said in a blog post on Tuesday, "For the first time, you can share and view photos via direct message (DM) on your mobile phone. We've also introduced a new tab in the navigation bar that makes it easy to access DMs - they're just one tap away from wherever you are on Twitter. You can also view photos in DMs on twitter.com."
As well as a slight redesign, the updated apps also boast a new swipe feature. Swiping once from the Home screen will open Twitter's Discover feed where you can browse popular tweets and people to follow, while another swipe to the left will take you to the Activity feed.
"Now you can swipe from your Home timeline to the Discover timeline to find trends, popular tweets and new accounts tailored for you, and then swipe to your Activity timeline to see tweets and accounts that are popular among people you follow," Twitter added.
We have updated our Twitter app on our iPhone, and have found that the changes so far are quite subtle.
Some users aren't pleased with the changes, however, and have ironically taken to Twitter to moan about the updates. You can see a couple of our favourite examples below.
The new twitter app is hideous, I wouldn't recommend anyone updating. 👎— ~ Aaron Copeland ~ (@aaronc0peland) December 11, 2013
A whole page for DMs on new twitter app??? I write a DM once in a year!!! And trends shown like that... -_-'— Sara Z (@narciso_sz) December 11, 2013
Twitter's apps are available to download for free from the iTunes App Store and Google Play. µ
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