While Twitter is getting ready for its IPO, the company is leaving no stone unturned. It has recently rolled out a few experiments like Magic Recs and the newest one delivers breaking news straight to you via DM. Also, the Twitter for Android app is now optimized for tablets, rolling out first on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1-2014 Edition.
The latest experiment is an account called @eventparrot, which delivers news to you as a direct message. Of course, you have to be following the account in the first place. The verified account has so far had only one tweet:
Hello World! So happy to keep in the know about what’s happening in the world. Please send us feedback by replying to the direct messages.
— Event Parrot (@eventparrot) October 10, 2013
It’s not yet clear how it decides what is newsworthy and what isn’t. In our tests, we got a DM about Alice Munro winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. While that’s good, there are currently other better ways to keep up with the news on Twitter. However, @eventparrot could be the start of a new focus on news from Twitter, as USA Today is reporting that NBC’s Vivian Schiller will be heading the social network’s upcoming news operation.
Meanwhile, Twitter finally issued an update for its Android app for tablet devices, which is optimized for the larger screens. So far, Twitter was available as an app on Android mobiles but not tablets. Of course, there hasn’t been any shortage of great Twitter apps on Android.
“The landscape view fills your screen with Tweets, conversations, Trends, accounts to follow and more. With a single tap, Tweets expand on the right side to show photos, videos and article previews. Dive deeper with another tap to see photos, play videos or read links from the web in fullscreen mode,” Twitter says in a blog post.
Unfortunately, the app will first be rolling out exclusively on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1-2014 Edition, but Twitter has said that it will come to other Android tablets by the end of the year.
For the Note, Twitter is bringing special features like Multi Screen View to run it alongside other apps, a widget for your homescreen and the ability to doodle on your photos before sending them with the ‘Draw’ feature. It’s unclear whether any of these will make it to the Twitter for Android app for other tablets.