Twitter bans automatic following back and syncs direct messages

By Ishbel Macleod | PR and social media consultant

July 9, 2013 | 1 min read

Twitter has unveiled a coordinated update for its Android, iPhone, iPad, Mac and website apps, which will sync direct messages (DM) across all your devices and Twitter accounts.

Josh Barnes-Hoyt, senior software engineer at Twitter, said: “When you read a DM on your Android phone or iPhone, it will be marked as read in your browser, your desktop apps, or your tablet. And vice versa. Please note that syncing will roll out gradually: you’ll need to get the latest version of each app to ensure it works on all of your devices.”

As well as this, Twitter have revealed that it is banning automated follow-backs, as well as making improvements to its Android, iPhone, iPad and mobile search, which will show full bios, as well as including the functionality which will allow users to swipe the preview to the left to see similar accounts.

For iPhone, a new people button has been added on the navigation bar, to make the experience consistent with the Android app.

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