Twitter adds photos to direct messaging, new swip method to navigate timelines

By on December 11, 2013, 1:45 PM

Twitter’s direct messaging service is now easier and more convenient to use thanks to a new update that recently rolled out on Android and iOS platforms. Previous, users had to navigate to the “Me” screen then open direct messaging from there but now, the service is available on the navigation bar at the bottom of the home screen.

Additionally, Twitter also added the ability to allow users to send and receive photos across direct messaging. Those using Twitter on a desktop or notebook can also view photos in DMs on, the company noted in a blog post on the matter.

Elsewhere, there’s a new method to discover what’s happening in real time. Simply swipe from the Home timeline to the Discover timeline to see the latest trends, popular Tweets and accounts best suited for you. From there, you can swipe to the Activity timeline to see Tweets and accounts that are popular among those you follow.

Breaking the update down even further, the Android version now has a tappable star that toggles mobile updates for specific users. In iOS, a similar in-app notification system tells users when someone has favorited their tweet, replied to or retweeted something they've published. Additionally, the iOS version also informs users when they’ve received a direct message.

Updated versions of Twitter for Android and iOS are now available for download. No word yet on when or if a similar update is in the pipeline for Windows Phone.

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