Twitter has been updated to version 6.1, adding new options and features, including making it easier to reply with and edit photos. A couple of other improvements have been made to login verifications and discovery.
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Twitter has changed the way its "block" feature worked. Previously, user accounts you blocked could no longer follow the account you blocked them with, wouldn't appear in its timeline, and couldn't see its posts. They could still be retweeted by accounts you didn't block, and the people behind the accounts could log out or view your profile page on the web, but for all intents and purposes, "block" worked pretty much the way any reasonable person would expect it to - it made things more difficult. With the change, however, blocked accounts can now still follow the account you blocked them from, retweet and favorite it, and otherwise interact with it - typically you just won't see it (again, unless an account you do follow re-broadcasts it). In other words, the new Twitter "block" is more of a "mute". The only way to protect your account and content now is to make it private.
Twitter for iOS received a major update today, moving to version 6.0 with a refreshed design and some new tricks. The two major changes in the design are the new navigation bar and addition of the Activity and Discover timelines, accessed by swiping through the Timelines tab. Direct messages have also been moved to the navigation bar for easy, one-tap access from anywhere in the app.
Tweetly for iPhone is a new Twitter client for iPhone that focuses on providing a streamline user experience more than it focuses on containing every feature you could possibly cram into one client. For those that take and share a lot of photos, not only can you easily share your pictures, but edit them too.
Tapbots has posted Tweetbot 1.4 for Mac. It's a Twitter client that helps you manage multiple timelines, displaying different accounts in multiple windows and columns. Other features include Notification Center support, Retina display graphics, support read it later services like Pocket and Instapaper, and more.
Twitter is introducing custom timelines, the ability for users to create a timeline to follow based on words, phrases, hashtags, and more. Custom timelines are public, and have their own page on twitter.com so they're easy to share.