Twitter Eats Own "Dogfood", Previews New Mobile WebApp for iPhone


Twitter is previewing a new iPhone-friendlier version of their website,, this time "eating their own dogfood" by using the same APIs they provide to developers. While Twitter has long had their mobile site it's fair to say it was eclipsed by native iPhone apps making use of those APIs.

Will the new WebApp get users to go back to the online source? Personally, the power and performance of the latest App Store apps is going to be tough to beat, but if I'm ever stuck using someone else's iPhone (or non-iPhone mobile device, like I will be this weekend), a better web-based alternative will certainly be much appreciated. Says @twittermobile lead @leland on the Twitter blog:

This is just the start, we’re excited about the new APIs launching at Twitter, and have been busy tinkering with some neat ways to use them. We look forward to sharing more cool things with you soon.

It's optimized for mobile WebKit based browsers like the iPhone right now, but they'll be tweaking it for the good of all platforms eventually. If you give a try, let us know how you like it.

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Twitter Eats Own "Dogfood", Previews New Mobile WebApp for iPhone


Hey, this is kinda amazing news, as the basic layout for its current mobile feature is just horrible, in my honest opinion.
Glad to hear there's some more work being put into the mobile version, and like you said, would be perfect for those using someones else iPhone!
Hope the upgraded version has all the full features as the 'desktop' version does, cause I usually gotta add people or edit certain things from my iPhone... Great feature post though, keep 'em coming, and thanks! :)

  • MexiChriS

Love the new, I might stop using twitter apps. It is clean, simple and fast.

Really I too liked the new twitter for iPhone. Now a days twitter is part of our daily life and thus portability for twitter is really necessary..

It. Is. Awesome. Period. Retweet, Reply and Favorites, all in one simple touch. Only, on Twitter.

"if I’m ever stuck using someone else’s iPhone (or non-iPhone mobile device, like I will be this weekend), a better web-based alternative will certainly be much appreciated."
you'll be using it a lot more than that.
any twitter link you click in email, im, txt, reader app, or website in safari is not going to open in your app of choice. it's going to open in safari, and currently opens in one of the worst interfaces imaginable.
this is a huge improvement then most of use will see on a regular basis, even if we do use a standalone twitter client.

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