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Twitter Integration and iOS 5

The much anticipated iOS 5 software update was released last week and Apple fans everywhere rejoiced and waited patiently (upwards of 3 hours or more!) for it to download.

According to Apple, the iOS 5 features 200 upgrades “taking a mobile operating system that was already years ahead of anything else and moving it even further ahead.” I’d have to agree. Anything Apple does is light years ahead of its competition thanks to its late genius Steve Jobs. However, the deep integration of Twitter is one feature that has many users excited about the new OS.

In this fast-paced world, it’s now important more than ever to make sure you’re first on the scene to share a vital update, a photo, or a news story and having access to your social sites right at your finger tips is key for smartphone users. Apple understands this and with two taps of the home button, iPhone users can access their camera, edit their photos (thanks to additional updates via the new software) and post directly to Twitter, send an email, or an MMS. The Twitter integration also works with YouTube, the new iTunes Movie Trailers app, Maps and Safari.

“We hear from a lot of our customers on iPhone, and iPad and iPod Touch that they love Twitter, so we want to make it even easier for all of our customers to use Twitter on iOS products,” Apple’s Scott Forstall said during the WWDC 2011 keynote.

To begin using Twitter on your iPhone, just go into your settings and find the Twitter button. From here, you can add multiple accounts or download the app if you don’t have it already. You can also customize whether or not to share your location and if users can find you and follow you via email. If you already have Twitter installed, the update might pick up your existing accounts.

For now, you can only access Twitter from the native Apple apps. Third party apps are slowly embedding Twitter into their sharing options as they upgrade and make changes to be compatible with the new iOS 5 software. We’re predicting it won’t be long before you’ll be able to share easily from all the apps you love. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo announced early this year that 50% of its users were active and since the launch of iOS 5 signups for new Twitter accounts have tripled.

What is your favorite feature of the iOS 5 and how have you been using the Twitter integration?



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