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February 22, 2012

The Return Of The Swipe Short-Cut, Twitter Updates It’s Official iPhone App.

by Colin Jones

A new version of Twitter for iPhone is available today. The update sees the return of high-demand features, including the popular swipe shortcut, which was controversially axed in the previous version. Twitter has been inundated with requests from angry users to reintroduce it and this latest update at least shows, the company does occasionally listen to what their millions of users say.

To download the latest version, just head to the App Store on your iPhone and tap on update.

Here’s a list of what’s new, taken from the official Twitter blog:

  • Swipe shortcut: Swipe a Tweet in your home timeline to reply to, retweet, favorite or share it, or view the Twitter user’s profile, without leaving your timeline.
  • “Find friends”: We’ve added a confirmation alert when you select “Find friends”. This notification more clearly and explicitly messages the fact that when you upload your contacts’ email addresses and phone numbers, you can quickly find which of your friends are on Twitter (that is, if they’ve chosen to be discoverable by email or phone number).
  • Copy and paste: We’ve returned the ability to copy and paste the text of Tweets and user profiles. Just press and hold to copy.
  • Link love: The “share” feature used to just give you the option to copy or email a link to a Tweet. Now, if there’s a link within a Tweet, you’ll see the option to tweet, copy or mail that link, or you can choose to read it later. (Select a “Read Later Service” under Settings > Advanced.)
    • Pressing and holding links provides similar options, along with the ability to open the link in Safari.
  • Direct messages: We updated the design for Direct Messages and returned the ability to mark all DMs as read. Simply tap the check mark in the lower right corner.
  • Font size settings: Change the font size under Settings > Advanced.



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