Twitter Sept. 1 launched its official Twitter for iPad application, allowing users to tweet all sorts of content through a touch-screen. The app is available free from Apple's App Store.
. 1, Twitter launched its official
Twitter for iPad application, bringing tweeting and other content sharing to
Apple's popular tablet computer.
Many of Twitter's 100
million-plus users are calling out Web pages, photos, videos, hashtags, people,
check-ins and other objects with their tweets.
Twitter for iPad is focused
on letting users manage the information they share on Twitter through the
tablet's touch-screen so that users don't have to open and close windows or
click buttons. Steering clear of those gestures is part of the tablet's appeal
and is a big reason why Apple has sold more than 3 million iPads.
Twitter's mobile user-experience
lead Leland Rechis
noted that tapping on a tweet in
Twitter for iPad opens a pane to the right.
"Depending on the
content in that tweet, you'll see a video or photo, or maybe a news story, or
perhaps another Tweet," Rechis wrote
"You can continue
tapping on Tweets, opening new panes, and getting new content as long as you'd
like to. And, it's really easy to move between panes by swiping to the right or
Users may pinch on a tweet
to view details about the author and reply or retweet. By putting two fingers
together and pulling down on a tweet to peek at the replies, users can view the
entire conversation leading to that tweet.
Twitter for iPad users who
tap a video link or open a Web page to view a video may play that content inline
and pinch on that video to watch it full screen.
Users needn't log in to use
Twitter for iPad. The company offers Twitter accounts across sports, news, and
art and design to let users begin searching and viewing trends.
Twitter for iPad is
available now from the App Store. Those who want a peek should check out
Engadget's review here
The app was created by
Lorne Brichter, who sold
his company Atebits
and the Tweetie app for the iPhone
Tweetie ostensibly became
Twitter for iPhone, one of a slew of official mobile apps the company is
releasing to assume control of some of the client apps for its network.
Twitter made third-party
about this practice in April, but concerns seem to