Twitter is adding more features for iOS and Android today, allowing users to receive push notifications from Tweeters they select, giving users the ability to expand Tweets on their phone, improving search results and supposedly letting users experience events better.
The major upgrade is push notifications. While users could previously receive updates by SMS, they can now adjust their settings to receive push notifications whenever their favorite users tweet or re-tweet. The expanded Tweets, previously only available in web browsers, allows users to see more media right beneath the Tweet.
Besides being a #NASCAR advertisement, it’s hard to tell what the major event upgrade is. “Now you can discover the best Tweets and photos for event experiences like twitter.com/#NASCAR on your iPhone. Now, Twitter for iPhone complements any live event, whether you’re watching from home or from the stands,” the blog claims. But this was true for Twitter as soon as it launched. You could always search for #Giants etc. when at AT&T Park or watching on TV to experience the live event.
The improved search is still vague at this time, as Twitter only writes, “we’ve made major improvements in search autocomplete so that you will see more suggestions when you search for people.”