The blue badge will soon be somewhat easier to attain, Twitter friends. The social platform announced today that they will open an online application process to allow users to apply, in a way, for Verified status on Twitter. That’s big news for those who think they deserve to be Verified, but have never figured out how to get there, mostly because Twitter has never had a public process for doing so.
For those not familiar with the blue badge, think of it as a way for Twitter users to know that the accounts they are seeing or considering following or retweeting are “key individuals or organizations” that are authentic and not some troll account. You’ll see the blue badge next to public figures, musicians, celebrities, fashion brands, politicians, athletes and sports organizations, and journalists or news outlets. (more…)
Over the coming weeks, Twitter will rollout an update to its Android and iOS apps that introduces #Stickers, which as the name for them suggests, are fun little stickers that can be placed on the photos you share through Twitter.
With #Stickers, you get a “new way to add creativity to your photos and connect them to the world.” Twitter says you can choose from rotating sets that include “hundreds of accessories, emoji, and props” that will be both generic and potentially timely. You could see options that help you show support for a cause, but let’s be honest here, aren’t we all seeing this as a way for Twitter to partner with brands? Yes, we are. (more…)
New video experiences are coming to Twitter today that should not only let you share more, but experience more as well. Plus, if you are a Vine user, get ready for a new experiment that goes beyond six seconds. (more…)
While we’re out here getting all excited about Flamingo, the shiny new Twitter toy on Android, we shouldn’t forget about Fenix and its revived self. Still one of the best Twitter apps available, Fenix has never been cheap. Today, though, you can pick-up one of our favorites for just $2.99, a steep discount from its usual $5.49 price tag.
Why do we love Fenix? It’s powerful, has a great UI, gets regular updates, supports multiple accounts and gestures everywhere, has TweetMarker and Readability support, includes timeline and mentions widgets, and is on Twitter’s list of apps that should be able to add new subscribers forever, unlike others who have run into token problems in the past. (more…)
Twitter clients are a dime a dozen, but the new Flamingo beta app on Google Play has us pretty excited about its potential. Even with Twitter making its Material Design UI refresh official for all Android users, it’s never a bad thing to test the waters. If you have been hesitant to try any 3rd-party Twitter clients, such as Fenix or Falcon, Flamingo might be a good one for you to start with. If you happen to consider yourself a 3rd-party Twitter app expert, then you definitely need to try Flamingo.
While still in beta, having used it most of this morning, the app is insanely stable and full of working functions. For example, there is an entire theme manager built into the app (included is a theme that looks as if was handcrafted for Droid Life), superb Night Mode with time functionality, as well as a comprehensive notification settings menu. (more…)
Twitter for Android is getting a major update today that introduces a new UI to better align with “the best of Android.” That really just means that Twitter is ditching their previously confusing UI for a column-style approach that can be swiped through, a navigation drawer, and a floating action button (FAB) for spamming off poop emoji in a hurry.
This update has actually been in beta for a few weeks and I have had a chance to play with it quite a bit. It is 100% an improvement over the previous versions of Twitter that I always found to be a confusing mess to use. I wonder if Joaquim (of Falcon Pro fame) had anything to do with the update? Hmmm. Hmmm. (Looks below at animated GIF) HMMMMM. (more…)
Earlier this month, it was reported that Twitter would soon stop counting links, photos, mentions, and other things towards your 140 character limit when composing a tweet. Twitter made these changes official this morning, hopefully bringing an end to compacting words and sentences to make them fit within the confines of 140 characters.
Once these changes take place, over the next few months according to Twitter, replies with @names and media attachments (photos, GIFs, videos, polls) will no longer count. (more…)
Apparently in the very early stages of testing, Twitter is working to bring an automatic Night Mode to the official Android application. Available only to a select number of alpha testers, the app’s UI will automatically change to a darker appearance, which should be easier on the eyes at night time. As it is right now, the standard white UI is the only option available to users of the Twitter app. Once available for all, the UI should consist primarily of a dark blue background with white text. (more…)