New feature will ensure read direct messages will stay that way across official apps.

twitter bird light bgs Twitter updates iPhone, Android, and Mac apps with Direct Message syncing

One gripe I have with Twitter is how when you read and reply to a Direct Message in one app – say on iPhone – it shows up unread when you log in through another. It is certainly a minor annoyance when you look at it one way, but the regularity of it made it that much more frustrating.

Thankfully, with the latest version of Twitter’s official apps for iOS, Android, Mac, web and TweetDeck, you won’t have to deal with it any longer.

“Direct message sync” will ensure read messages stay read, provided you see these messages through the official apps. This feature will not work if you use third-party apps like Tweetbot, Falcon Pro, Tweetro etc. – perhaps an API is in development that will allow integration with third-party apps, though it is unlikely considering how Twitter has been locking down their API.

Other new features include a new quick reply option when you see a tweet’s details on iOS, and an updated Connect tab on Mac which now also shows favorites and retweets (instead of just @replies).

Updates are being rolled out as I type this. If you haven’t already downloaded the app, you can do so from the links below.

Download official Twitter app: iOS, Android, Mac

via Twitter Blog