Twitter Thursday: Twitter for Windows Phone 7, Twitter for Android Update, New Widgets, Buttons, Logo
Article by George Norman
On 04 Nov 2010
Here are three pieces of news about popular social networking and micro-blogging site Twitter. The first one is that the official Twitter for Windows Phone client has been rolled out to all Windows Phone 7 users out there who want an official Twitter client. You can expect Twitter for Windows Phone to offer all the bits and pieces you’ve come to expect from Twitter, like your timeline, suggested users, messages, and lists. To explore Twitter and to see what it has to offer you don’t have to log in.

“The platform’s design and user interface, which is called Metro, is especially great for Twitter users because it’s simple and easy to use. It also provides a different way to look at information on a phone’s screen through Pivots, which are sort of like pages of the app. Pivots allow you to swipe left or right to view different categories or types of information within a single application,” commented Product Manager for Twitter Mobile and Devices, Leland Rechis.


Moving on, the second Twitter-related piece of news you should know about is that the Twitter for Android app, which was released back in May, has been updated. The update “includes some awesome enhancements and introduces a more consistent experience across our mobile clients,” said Leland Rechis.

Here’s what you can expect to get from the updated app:

- The layout of the timeline has been chanced
- The tweet details page has been introduced. This page, which can be accessed by clicking on a tweet, allows the user to more easily reply to, retweet, or favorite a tweet. The tweet details page is also available in Twitter for iPhone, Twitter for iPad and Twitter for Windows Phone.
- The app has been tweaked to be faster than ever before.
- Added support for Pull to Refresh (pull down and new tweets are loaded), Swipe to Reveal (swipe across a tweet and view a user’s profile, share a tweet, or reply to a tweet), Quote a Tweet (to quote a tweet simply click the retweet icon).
- Added support for high resolution avatar photos.

Twitter for Android is available only for phones powered by Android version 2.1 or newer. You can get the application from the Android Market, or you can get it by scanning the image below.

Moving on again, the third Twitter-related piece of news you should know about is that Twitter rolled out new logos, buttons and widgets. As you may remember, back in September, Twitter announced it would roll out a new and re-engineered; then back in October, Twitter announced that it finished deploying its new, re-engineered site.

Twitter’s James Buckhouse has now announced that new logos, buttons and widgets have been released “to bring the improved look and experience of the new Twitter to your website or blog.” The new logos, buttons and widgets are available free of charge on Twitter’s resources page here.

That concludes this Twitter Thursday article. Let me finish by asking you a simple question: did you know there are some 160 million Twitter users out there? Well, you do now!

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