December 31, 2013
Tweetbot 3, the popular iOS 7-optimized Twitter client for iPhone and iPod touch, has just been updated with support for photos in direct messages. Three weeks ago, seemingly in response to the increasing popularity of Snapchat, the official Twitter app for iOS was updated with support for sending and viewing photos in direct messages. Now, it's Tweetbot 3's turn to feature images in direct messages, albeit in a limited capacity at first. You see, while Tweetbot 3 has indeed gained support for images in direct messages, it's only for viewing them. As it turns out, sending images in direct messages is not yet supported by Twitter's public API. Hence its absence in the latest update to Tweetbot 3. As it is, though, direct photo messaging support in the new version of Tweetbot 3 is a nice start. The app displays both the link to and a preview of a photo in a direct message conversation. Tapping either link or preview opens the photo in its entirety. Also including various bug fixes, the new version of Tweetbot 3 is available now in the App Store as a free update or as a new $4.99 download. The app is optimized for iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 7.0 or later. Tweetbot 3 was one of the popular iOS apps included in the multi-developer App Santa holiday sale, which ran from Dec. 20 to Dec. 27. For more information on Tweetbot 3, check out our original review of the app here on AppAdvice. The original Tweetbot, now called Tweetbot 2, is still available in the App Store for $4.99. Tweetbot for iPad is also available in the App Store for $2.99, but it's yet to be updated and redesigned for iOS 7. Tweetbot for Mac, which was updated just a few days ago with several important fixes, is available in the Mac App Store for $19.99.