Earlier this year, Twitter rolled out a new timeline that prioritizes specific Tweets based on an algorithm. According to the company, Tweets are selected to show up first based on "accounts you interact with most, Tweets you engage with," and other considerations. Many long-time Twitter fans decried the new system, preferring the old timeline that organized Tweets chronologically. For those who are interested, there is still a way to place the most recent Tweets first.
Apple today launched a new Twitter account to handle customer support queries and share tips and tricks with its followers. The account is verified by Twitter which signifies Apple is officially running the feed. The official description of @AppleSupport reads:
"We’re here to provide tips, tricks and helpful information when you need it most, and if you have a question, well - we're here to help with that too."
Twitter has added auto-playing videos to its iOS app. This means any animated GIFs or videos will automatically start playing when you scroll pass them in your Twitter feed. These videos are not only annoying, but they can eat into your data plan when you're using a cellular connection. Luckily there is a way to disable them. Here's how:
Twitter has launched its live-streaming video app Periscope for iOS. The social networking app makes it possible to broadcast live video quickly and simply, right from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Followers are notified that your broadcast is live, and they can join and comment on the stream in real time. Periscope even has a "hearts" feature that allows viewers to tap the screen to send fluttering hearts as a sign of appreciation.
Periscope will keep track of hearts received, ranking Periscope users in a "Most Loved" list. Earlier this month, Twitter shut down the competing service Meerkat, which was using Twitter accounts to function. Unlike Meerkat, Periscope allows for video replays to be watched for up to 24 hours after the live broadcast.
Frequent users of the iOS Twitter app have probably noticed how easy it is to accidentally perform actions when viewing the timeline feed. Tapping the favorite button or retweeting by mistake can happen inadvertently when scrolling. The jailbreak tweak TwitConfirm seeks to reduce these accidental actions for those with jailbroken devices.
Once installed, TwitConfirm adds a confirmation screen to the retweet and favorite buttons. Selecting one of these actions will result in a dialog box requiring a Yes or No entry to proceed. Since the action is brought to the user's attention, retweeting or favoriting without even realizing it becomes a thing of the past.