Twitter is rolling out an update for its Android and iOS apps as well as its mobile website with a couple of new features that aim to make discovery and searching within the micro-blogging site a breeze, especially when you’re on the move.
The most important of the new features is the Discover tab, which forms an important pillar of Twitter. The update has made it easier to discover all the content in the tab by turning it into one giant, single stream that contains tweets, activity, trends and account suggestions. The new Discover tab will be available on both iPhone and Android devices. It is possible to navigate to Activity and Trends with new previews at the top of the Discover tab, too.
Say hello to new features
A new search button has been added to the iPhone app. The search button was previously available only for the iPad and Android versions of the app in the form of a tiny magnifying glass right next to the Compose Tweet button on the top right of the screen.
Search results, says Twitter in its blog, will now show a relevant mix of tweets, photos and accounts in one single stream, quite like the Discover tab. This new change aims to make search results pertinent and time sensitive.
This new update also tweaks things up a bit in the Connect tab, where users could previously see only their mentions. Now, the default landing tab in the apps will be 'Interactions', where you can see your followers and retweets in addition to your mentions. Of course, if you want the app to show you only mentions like it used to, you can head to the Connect tab in Settings and change your preference to ‘mentions only’.
The update also makes it easier to go to websites from a tweeted link. Previously, when you tapped a tweet, it would first expand and then a second click was required to get to the website. Now all you need is a single tap to go to the website mentioned in a tweet.
Twitter seems to be trying to keep its large mobile user base happy with these new changes in the aftermath of the security scare that arose when 250,000 accounts on the micro-blogging site were compromised. A job listing spotted by The Guardian this week revealed that Twitter is on the lookout for a software engineer for Product Security, whose chief duties would include designing and developing “user-facing security features, such as multi-factor authentication and fraudulent login detection.”
The report also stated that Twitter is in plans to introduce “two-factor authentication” to boost the security on its service, especially in light of the recent events.
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