May 16, 2011

HTML5 Used to Revamp Twitter Mobile Website

Whether you prefer to access Twitter through a mobile applications or a browser, the social networking site wants you to know it has your back.

Recently, Twitter announced its plan to make Twitter more accessible wherever you are and regardless of what device you use. Thanks to HMTL5, Twitter revamped its mobile website to provide the highest quality and best Twitter experience.

"We want you to be able to access Twitter no matter where you are; regardless of what device you use; or, whether you prefer to access Twitter through a mobile application or the browser," said Carolyn Penner, a spokeswoman for the microblogging site in a Los Angeles Times article. "This Web app allows us to provide a high-quality and consistent Twitter experience on high-end touch screen devices – whether or not an official Twitter application is available."

As discussed in a recent blog post, the new web app was built from the ground up for high-end touch screen devices, such as smartphones and tablets, and is supports the latest technologies like HTML5.

“The app is fast – you can quickly scroll through your timeline, move between tabs and compose Tweets,” the blog post explains. “It’s rich – it takes advantage of capabilities that high-end device browsers offer, such as touch gestures and a large screen. And it’s simple – it’s easy-to-use and has the features you’d expect from a Twitter application, including your timeline, @mentions, messages that you can read in conversation view, search, trending topics, lists, and more.”

As of last week, the new application was made available to a small percentage of iPhone (NewsAlert), iPod Touch and Andorid users. The team is planning on rolling the app out to others in the coming weeks.

In other HTML5 news, Openspace Store Inc. and Developers Cooperative, sites founded by Robert Reich, are working together to produce what will become the “world’s largest app store.” The store will not only meet consumer and developer needs but will also be entirely written in HTML5.

“We are not the device manufacturer or in the case of HTML5, we are not the browser,” Robert Reich, founder of both sites, told TMCnet in a recent interview. “What we are is a store that wants to sell applications. The best way to connect consumers and developers together is for the developers to all get together and create a cooperative and use the combination of all of their consumers. If we pool all these people together we end up with the world’s largest app store.”

Carrie Schmelkin is a Web Editor for TMCnet. Previously, she worked as Assistant Editor at the New Canaan Advertiser, a 102-year-old weekly newspaper, covering news and enhancing the publication’s social media initiatives. Carrie holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s degree in English from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves


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