Twitter Update Offer Improved Search, Discover and Connect On Android, iOS and Mobile

Twitter mobile app for Android and iOS, as well as mobile.twitter.com, update now offer instant access to great content with improvements to search, Discover, and content update. Old tweets now in search results.

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Twitter updates the Android and iOS apps, as well as mobile.twitter.com now providing a single stream of content in each tab, for better find what's most important.

Here is what is in this release:

Discover now shows all contents from "Tweets, Activity, Trends and suggestions of accounts to follow" in a single stream. You can also dive into Activity and Trends from new previews at the top of the Discover tab.

Similar to the stream in Discover, Search results now surface the most relevant mix of Tweets, photos, and accounts, all in one stream. In addition, Twitter also added a new search button to Twitter for iPhone, letting you search from anywhere within the app. Look for the magnifying glass icon next to the button you use to compose a Tweet.

"This button was already available in the Android and iPad apps," the company said.

Connect now has Interactions as the default view, which shows new followers, retweets and mentions. "If you prefer to view only your mentions in Connect, you can adjust the default in settings - find the "Connect tab" option and select "Mentions only"," the company adds.

Now, when you click a URL in a Tweet, it takes you directly to the website from any timeline and get you content highlighted on Twitter faster. "Previously, when you tapped any part of a Tweet, it would first expand and then a second click was required to get to the website."

Other updates include:

  • It's also easier to use search with one button at the top of the app
  • You can see your five most recent searches and tap them to redo the search, or you can clear your recent search history
  • Performance improvements make launch times faster, especially for older iOS devices
  • Improved right-to-left language support for Arabic and Hebrew.

Twitter also revealed that this year Super Bowl ad-related hashtags were used 300,000 times on Sunday (up 273% comparing to previous year).

Twitter notes, "that of the 52 national ads that ran during the game, 50 percent included hashtags. And those ad-related hashtags were mentioned 300,000 times on Sunday, an increase of 273 percent from last year."

Update 02/08: Twitter also started to roll out an additional update to enabling you to "find older Tweets using search" on its mobile apps as well as on twitter.com.

"We've developed a way to include older Tweets, so you can see content that goes beyond the more recent Tweets," the company wrote. To see for yourself, try searching for [Manchester United Southampton] or [#SpotTheShuttle].

With this update, "the Tweets that you'll see in search results represent a fairly small percentage of total Tweets ever sent. We look at a variety of types of engagement, like favorites, retweets and clicks, to determine which Tweets to show. We'll be steadily increasing this percentage over time, and ultimately, aim to surface the best content for your query," added Twitter.

Update 02/08: Twitter has now added support to Lolcats, making English speaking users to post everything on Twitter that read like an image macro. Since Caps Lock is cruise control for cool, it's also entirely in capitals.

Adding a joke language to a service isn't all that unusual for social networks. Facebook has both 1337-style language and "Pirate" as English variants that can be chosen.

Twitter now support Lolcats