Twitter’s iOS App Now Lets You Send Photos Over DM, Swipe Through Timelines

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Today Twitter released version 6.0 of its official iOS app, a pretty substantial update that adds the ability to send photos in DMs. The design of the app has also been “refreshed” with a swipeable timeline interface, making it smoother to switch between Home, Discover, and Activity.

When sending a DM, there’s a new photo icon that allows you to take a picture or choose one from your Camera Roll. Placing such prominence on DMs makes it clear that Twitter is just as serious, if not more so,¬†about messaging as it is discovery.

The new focus on DMs, which are displayed front and center in today’s update, is curious given how Twitter has neglected the private messaging aspect of its service for so long. Apps like¬†WhatsApp and Snapchat have capitalized on quick photo messaging, and now Twitter has put its stake in the ground.

Other additions are sprinkled throughout the update, including a more fine-tuned notifications experience, streamlined account switching, and Safari Reading List support.

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