Twitter (PWA) gets auto-URL preview, auto-animations, and more...

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The official Twitter PWA is not just served to millions worldwide over the web, it's also served as part of the official Twitter application for Windows 10 Mobile. And it just got itself yet another big server-side update. Lumias get to join in the fun, etc. See below for the official changelog and some screens/comments.

Here's the official changelog then (not all of which applies to Mobile):


  • Branded Likes: Delightful, custom, animations for the Twitter like button on Tweets containing specific hashtags. Try #BlackJoy and #AlwaysProud now!

  • Composer Card Previews: When sending Tweets or DMs that link to external sources, you’ll now see a preview of the generated card right in the composer!

  • Conversation Controls: We tested, you Tweeted, and we’re rolling out the ability to have conversations with exactly who you want to everyone. When you compose a Tweet, you’ll have the option to enable replies for everyone, people you follow, or just people you @ mention. Learn more here!

  • DM Quick Access: We’ve launched the docked DM drawer for Twitter on widescreen window widths. Quickly access your DM conversations without having to navigate to the DM screen.

  • Logged Out Design: We’ve updated the design of the logged out experience by bringing side navigation with quick access to Explore and Settings.

  • Not Interested Topics: Tired of us recommending you a Topic you aren’t interested in? You can now dismiss the Topic and we won’t recommend it again.

  • Topic Pages: You can now see a timeline of Tweets about a Topic. Try it out by clicking on a Topic name.


  • DMs: Adjusted the size of Twemoji rendered without text within DM conversations.

  • Performance: Reduced the size of the code needed to run the site for most users. This should help the site load more quickly, especially on slower connections.

  • Performance: Improved navigation speed to external content on certain browsers.

  • Retweets with comments: We’ve made a number of updates to the Retweets with comments experience. Updated the Tweet detail screen to display either “Retweets” or “Retweets with comments” as labeling for Retweets. Added a pivot to non-compliant Tweets to allow navigation to the Retweets with comments timeline. We are currently experimenting with splitting Retweets with comments out to their own Tweet stat on Tweet detail, and updating verbiage to include “Quote”.

  • Topic Descriptions: We’ve added descriptions to some Topics. These should help provide more context on what the Topic is about.

Plus a load of bug fixes, too many to list here!! Some screens of some of the new stuff in action:


Auto-adding of animations and stickers on certain 'hot' hashtags; (right) auto-preview of the 'cards' added for URLs...


A new feature on Twitter, you can now restrict who can reply to one of your tweets; (right) dismissing some of the suggested topics from Twitter...

Although most of this works fine, I did notice one bug when using the PWA under Windows 10 Mobile - having started composing a tweet, there's no way to back out without actually sending it. Oh well - most of the time this is what you want to do anyway!

This is all server-side, so there's nothing you need to do, but if you don't already have it, then you can grab the Twitter PWA-ified UWP client here in the Store

Source / Credit: Store