While Twitter may be doing certain things to kill third party applications (or at least slow them down), it's also making strides towards bettering its own application, too. Take today's update, for example – it brings a few goodies to the table, most notably an improved conversation experience.

If you're familiar with Twitter in the slightest, then you're probably pretty used to seeing a tweet with an @mention and getting curious as to what the involved parties are discussing. Don't lie, either – you know that you've spent time hunting down all the tweets in the series to satisfy your own nosiness. It's OK, that's just human nature. If you watched the above video, then you'll know that Twitter is now making it easier to satisfy that craving by adding the ability to easily see all linked tweets in a conversation – even if you're not following everyone involved. Quick, easy, and simple. I like it. This also applies to the Twitter website, for those times when you'd rather get your fix on a bigger screen.

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Other than a new way to approach conversations, though, this update also has a few other tricks up its sleeve:

  • Optimized for entry-level Android smartphones
  • Report Tweets as abusive or spam
  • New notification settings
  • Bug fixes for direct messages, login verification and more

Exciting stuff, no? Like so many these days, this one's a staged rollout, so you'll just have to wait your turn to pull it down. Sadface.

[Twitter Blog]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • John Vines

    Does twitter's shortlinking still break the Android intents?

  • CoffeeGeeker

    Wake me up when Twitter has a tablet optimized interface.

    • Simon Belmont

      This. Seems like such a no-brainer to use that extra screen space for more functionality in a sidebar or something.

      I'm honestly surprised that this hasn't been addressed by now. LOTS of people have Android tablets these days.

    • ArrTooDeeToo

      Amen. No reason to switch from Plume until they make it worthwhile. They still don't even have inline images.

  • Hayden Lueck
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  • selonmoi

    Does Twitter still lose your place in the feed (jump back to the top) when you get behind by a few hours/couple hundred tweets?

    • JensAstrup

      Yea, I won't use their app until that's dealt with

      • selonmoi

        It's completely bizarre to me that the basic functionality of their app (reading tweets) is so broken, and had always been so broken.

        Yet the spend their time adding useless features (like the new picture notification) and trying to drive third parties out of business.

        And any attempt to ask about this huge issue goes unanswered.

    • Squiddles

      The last few times I've opened the app it's left me at the top of the previously most recent tweet leaving me to scroll up to see what's happened since. How many tweets am I skipping over on my flings to the top? I'm not sure.

  • Mark

    Wake me up when they have a list style widget.

  • PamelaLibrarian

    Am I really the first person to see the conversation between Cameron & Ryan, lol. ;0

  • SirMuffinMan

    If it still has Sponsored Tweets, count me out.

  • kcslimmers

    Looks like it knows when you take a picture and adds a notification asking if you want to tweet the pic. I can't seem to find anyway to turn it off. Thoughts?