Official Twitter iPad App Now Available

The official Twitter app is now available as a free download from the iPad App store. The iPad version of the Twitter app is very different from the iPhone and Android Twitter apps, appropriately so I think as it takes advantage of the iPad’s larger screen. In my opinion the application really shines in landscape. Tweets appear in a timeline view in the center of the screen.

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When you tap a tweet that contains a link, a pane slides in from the right that displays the web page, and to go back to the timeline you simply swipe the pane back to the right. Curiously, when you swipe the pane it doesn’t disappear completely, which I find to be one of the most annoying features of the app. If you go back to the timeline the tweet associated with the still open pane remains pinned to the top as you scroll throw the timeline.

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Another cool way that the Twitter iPad app uses the right pane is to create a threaded view for groups of tweets. When you tap on a tweet that is part of a series of @ replies, the pane slides in and loads all the tweets that are part of that series. If you tap a tweet that has no link and no mention you see the profile of the person who posted the tweet.

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