Twitter mobile goes feature phone friendly

Twitter mobile goes feature phone friendlyFor us nerds, it’s easy to forget that not everyone is strutting around with a fancy iPhone 4S or an Ice Cream Sandwich-rockin’ HTC One X or a, uhm, Nokia Lumia 800.

Twitter isn’t quite so ignorant, and has tweaked its mobile site to accommodate those with more – how do we put this? – modest specs.

A post on the Twitter blog explains that it’s been tinkering with mobile.twitter.com, with the lower end of the technology scale firmly in mind.

“We’re updating Twitter for mobile web in an effort to give every person on the planet a consistent Twitter experience. People who access Twitter from feature phones, low-bandwidth networks or older browsers can now enjoy the new version of Twitter we introduced in December.

“Like Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android, mobile.twitter.com is fast, like a native mobile app; it uses one-third less bandwidth than the previous iteration.

"We’re rolling out this new mobile web experience starting [Monday, May 7], and will continue to make Twitter the most accessible way to connect with the world, even with the weakest signals and the simplest devices.”

Good stuff, Twits.

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JanSt / MOD  May. 8, 2012 at 21:51

I am seriously considering a dumb-/featurephone.... I am fed up with 6-hour battery cycles, and distractions from apps I don't need or want.
As to Twitter: is it me or are Twitter apps actually getting worse? Gravity for Symbian is the only decent one in my opinion, but the new mobile version of Twitter's own site is actually okay. -ish.

dcx_badass  May. 10, 2012 at 14:06

I don't use twitter on my mobile as I only use it to read things so just check it daily. But my 'not-so-smart' Sony Ericsson has a twitter app (inc a homescreen widget), as well as 3G, GPS, wifi, and a awesome battery (I charge it once every 3-5 days with medium use).

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