Twitter for iOS review: New video and group conversations are cool, but slow rollout means you'll probably have to wait

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5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Twitter's app is great for basic Twitter actions, such as checking your feed, posting photos and videos and adding location tags. Two-factor authentication makes your account more secure.

The Bad There's no rich content displayed in-line and no scheduled tweets. Photo filters are not as good as third-party apps.

The Bottom Line The official Twitter apps for iOS offer reliable performance and slick design, but power users may find themselves wanting more.


9.1 Overall
  • Installation and Setup 10.0
  • Features and Support 8.0
  • Interface 9.0
  • Performance 10.0

Editors' note: This review was updated January 28, 2015, to cover new features added in version 6.2.

The official Twitter app for iOS is great at the basics, and new features for adding video and starting private group conversations in the latest version sweeten the pot. Its reliable performance and slick design make it a good option for posting tweets and following your feed, but advanced options such as the ability to schedule tweets are still not available.

It's important to note right away that the new video and group conversation features are slow to roll out. Right now, I only have the new video features. Meanwhile, my coworker has both group conversation and video features, and another coworker still has neither. In other words, it may be some time before you get them all.

Using the Twitter app

Each time you boot up the Twitter app on your iPhone, it opens to the Home screen and lands on the last tweet that you read. Tap the Home tab to quickly jump to the top, or tap on any individual tweet to pop it out to a new screen. On this new screen, you get options to Reply, Retweet, Favorite or Share, and you can view thumbnail images or other rich content contained in the tweet. What I don't like about this system is that you have to go back to return to your timeline from an expanded tweet. I would much prefer to see expanded tweets in-line (like you can on the website), without having to pop out to a new screen each time. Also, it would've been nice to get collapsible previews of links in-line as well.

The Notifications tab charts your interactions with your Twitter friends, showing your mentions and letting you know when others retweet or begin following you. Next to that is Messages, where you can look directly at direct messages between you and other people without having to dig down to your profile. It's also where you'll be able to initiate group conversations and look at past replies.

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Use the notifications screen to see replies to your tweets and track the people who follow you. Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET

Finally, the Me tab lets you see stats such as how many tweets you've posted, how many people you follow and how many followers you have. The Me page is also where you can see all of your previous tweets and swipe to scroll through a gallery of your previously posted photos and videos.

When you're browsing your timeline, you can view tweets from the people you follow, swipe left again to Discover new content based on what people you follow are interested in, and then one more swipe to see recent activity from all your connections.

New videos and group conversations

As I mentioned above, the latest version of Twitter is getting a slow rollout of new features that include the ability to add video to your tweets and start private group conversations.

To upload video from the tweet composition window, tap the camera icon where you usually add a photo. You'll now see a video icon you can select to start shooting video. Alternatively, you can search your iPhone library for existing videos and import them directly. The important thing to note here is that you have a 30-second limit on videos you can shoot or upload.

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You'll now be able to shoot video to add to your posts. Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET

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