Today, Twitter announced a new design for the popular micro-blogging site that will start rolling out over the next couple of weeks, which they hope will make it easier than ever to connect with other users and discover great new content.
If you go to Twitter.com, you won’t see the sexy new interface for a while yet, but as part of their push to update all officially supported Twitter platforms to the new paradigm, Twitter has pushed out a totally overhauled version of the Twitter for iPhone app.
Twitter for iPhone 4.0 is a free download, and by all accounts, it’s even faster and more pleasant to use than ever before.
The main addition to the new Twitter app is four new buttons that act as hubs for the way you interact with Twitter. The official description lays out the methodology of the hubs:
Home is where you start from: a personal collection of Tweets from the sources you care about. The Tweet details show rich information such as replies, retweets and embedded images.
Connect is the place to see who followed or mentioned you, retweeted or favorited one of your Tweets. It’s where you keep the conversation flowing.
Discover is where you can tap into the stories and trends people are talking about in your world. You can also find friends, browse interests, and explore hashtags here.
Me puts you and your interests front and center. From here you can exchange Direct Messages with your followers.
For those of you who want the information directly from the source Apple has created an official Twitter account for the App Store, which they have given the name @appstore the main goal of the account will be to offer “official App Store tweets including featured apps, exclusive offers, and more.”
Since the first post from the account, AppStore twitter has already gained more than 50,000 followers.
Last week Apple launched Ping for the iPad, could this be an indication that iOS 4.2 is just around the corner? Once you’ve authorized Ping in iTunes 10 on the Mac, you can access your stream through a Ping tab at the bottom of iTunes app. Just like the desktop version, Ping for iPad integrates with Twitter and automatically tweets every time you like or post something on Ping.
You can like and post songs available in the iTunes Store, check on your profile and see your activity. There’s also a concert-specific section that shows local concerts, bands on tour and links to purchase tickets on ticketmaster.
Boxcar is a push notification app which works with the iPhones and iPads, in this one app you will be kept informed on whats happening with your email account(s), Twitter, Facebook, RSS feeds, and more.
While Boxcar isn’t a new release, it used to be a paid app, which has been converted to a free, ad-supported version. After you install it, head to Settings -> Add and Edit Services to set up push notifications for the various services you’d like push notifications for. While the Twitter and Facebook setup is pretty straightforward, you might need to practice before getting the e-mail function to work properly.
Most would agree that Push notifications are one of the best features of the iPhone OS, and Boxcar easily adds push to the services you’re most likely interested in receiving push notifications for. Even better: It’s now a free download for iPhones, iPads, as well as iPod touches.