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Twitter committed to its Mac app users last week, bringing a number of updates to their best desktop client. Users can now preview images in the timeline, check out a user’s profile and quickly see more details about any Tweet – all without leaving the app.

Mac users can be forgiven for moving on from the official Twitter app: for years it seemed like the program was abandoned. Earlier this year, however, Twitter released their first Mac update since 2011 Twitter's Official Mac Client Gets Its First Update Since 2011 [Updates] Twitter's Official Mac Client Gets Its First Update Since 2011 [Updates] Twitter's long-neglected Mac application has just had its first update since June 2011. Version 2.2 of the service's official desktop client adds support for Retina displays and a redesigned Tweet composer with support for image... Read More  with a visual refresh. The company then finally added the “Connect” page to the app Twitter Finally Syncs DM Status Between Platforms, Adds "Connect" to Mac App [Updates] Twitter Finally Syncs DM Status Between Platforms, Adds "Connect" to Mac App [Updates] It's about time. Twitter announced this week that the "Read" status of Direct Messages (DMs) will sync between all platforms, meaning that message you read on your phone will no longer be marked as unread... Read More during the summer.

The latest update, announced in a blog post and pushed to Mac App Store users, gives Mac users something mobile users have had for a while: embedded image previews.

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Longtime users of the Mac app know they can browse Tweets with the up and down arrow keys, and open links using the right arrow key. With the update, the right arrow key instead provides more details about a given Tweet.

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You’ll see a RT and Favorite count, along with any and all responses. It certainly makes following the conversation easier.

Twitter for Mac users have long gotten used to opening the web version to browse their followers, or see someone’s profile, but not anymore.

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These are all features that should be part of any official Twitter client, but for a long time they weren’t – and it seemed like they never would be.

Of course, its worth noting there’s one “feature” the Mac app still neglects: Sponsored Tweets. Judging by the effort put into the app, and the ongoing need for the now-public company to monetize, I’d say it’s only a matter of time. What do you think?

Source: Twitter Blog

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