Nokia Series 40 handset users can now download and use the new, free Twitter for Nokia app. The new app offers instant news and updates from friends, industry experts and celebrities.
This app aims to bring the rich functionality found on the Twitter app for smartphones to the Series 40 Nokia phones. Twitter for Nokia allows you to post and follow tweets, alongside the @Connect feature which enables to view your mentions and new followers. Users can also browse the most interesting tweets from around the world using the #Discover feature.
It offers most of the features that are accessible on the Twitter client on smartphones. Twitter for Nokia can be downloaded from the Nokia Store and will come pre-installed in future Series 40 phones. “This new app brings most of the features you’d expect to see from a Twitter client on a smartphone to hundreds of millions of feature phones around the world. Twitter for Nokia is available for download today wherever Twitter is accessible around the world. Future built Series 40 phones will have the app preinstalled,” said the official Twitter blog.
Yesterday, Twitter updated its apps for the Android and iOS platforms. The Twitter app for Android and iOS devices were updated to version 3.3 and 4.3, respectively. One of the biggest additions to the updated Twitter app is content previews. Tweets with links are expanded to give the reader a better glimpse at the content, similar to how Twitter shows previews for images. The app will also show snippets from Etsy, Kickstarter, Vimeo and others. Notifications have also been improved. Users now have the option to get a notification whenever a certain user tweets. The search and autocomplete have also undergone improvements and the iOS version of the app now has a better layout to track hashtags.
Earlier this month, the company also released its first ever transparency report. Maintaining transparency and practicing accountability has been evolving as a responsibility that websites, especially social networks, are taking up diligently. In an official blog post, Jeremy Kessel, Manager of Legal Policy for Twitter, wrote, "Wednesday marks Independence Day here in the United States. Beyond the fireworks and barbecue, July 4th serves as an important reminder of the need to hold governments accountable, especially on behalf of those who may not have a chance to do so themselves." The report focused on points like government requests received for user information, government requests received to withhold content and DMCA takedown notices received from copyright holders.
Twitter is also planning to take steps to help curb ‘hate speech’ and trolling on its service. Its plans could include censoring replies/comments from users who have no followers, biography or profile picture.
The microblogging platform suffered a major outage last week that spanned across its website and mobile applications. With reports speculating hack attacks, Twitter quickly issued a statement saying the outage was caused by a ‘cascading bug’.
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