Twitter, the wildly popular social networking service, has released an update to its official app adding push notifications for new mentions and direct messages. The update just hit the App Store this evening and features other improvements and changes for the universal app for the iPhone and iPad as well.
The full list of new features and changes in version 3.2 is as follows:
- Improved display of shortened URLs
- Correctly load reserved Twitter.com paths, such as http://twitter.com/newtwitter
- Fix connection error caused by a device clock being set incorrectly
- Additional retina graphics
- Enable geotagging in your account with one tap
- Inline media
- Manage saved searches
- UI improvements
The official Twitter app first debuted in May for the iPhone. In September, the app was updated to universal format to add an iPad-specific interface. Version 3.2 still has the unique interface elements on the iPad that seemed to generate love or hate responses from users (we’re in the love camp and use the official Twitter app on our iPads regularly).
Regarding push notifications, Twitter provides a few more details on this new feature in its blog:
Whenever an account that you follow mentions you, you’ll immediately receive a notification. You’ll know who is talking to or about you on Twitter, and you’ll be able to continue the conversation in real-time. Notifications for @mentions will initially be available on SMS and on the latest version of Twitter for iPhone, which you can download today from the App Store.
In addition to @mentions, we’re also bringing push notifications for Messages to Twitter for iPhone, as we’ve already done with SMS and Twitter for Blackberry. We’re working hard to introduce this feature to Twitter for Android and Twitter for Windows Phone soon.