Twitter today announced support the syncing of direct messages (DM) across all platforms. This is relatively big news if you use more than one device or computer to view your direct messages. If you read a DM on your iPhone, it will be marked as read if you switch to your iPad, Mac or even Android.
This feature is part of a rollout of several new features. Searching users now shows an expanded result with a full bio. Let’s face it, usernames don’t always provide for a clear representation of the actual user. Being able to search and view full bios should help you locate specific users. Swiping to the left will provide a glance at ‘similar accounts’, so you can easily build your list of folks to follow. The iOS app now offers a new ‘people’ tab, which will also show people of interest to you.
Looking to increase interaction, there is also a new compose window that appears when you tap on the details of a tweet.
Overall, these are welcome improvements. Twitter recommends that you have the latest version of each app on the various platforms in order for DM syncing to work properly. At this point, it does not appear as if this is possible on third party apps.
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Twitter for iOS is available as a free download from the App Store.