Apple Goes Big With Twitter Integration in iOS 5

Adam DuVander
Jun. 06 2011, 11:36AM EDT

Twitter has a popular iPhone app, but now some of its functionality is also built into Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 5. Tweeting a photo from the default camera app is now a tap away, as is tweeting a link from Mobile Safari. Tweeting is also built into the SDK, making it available via other applications without needing separate Twitter authentication.

Tweet a photo in Twitter from iPhone camera

You can see more photos from Engadget of the whole Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, where the above photo of the Twitter feature was taken.

Here's how Twitter describes the feature:

This means that you’ll be able to sign in to your Twitter account once and then tweet with a single tap from Twitter-enabled apps, including Apple’s apps—Camera, Photos, Safari, Contacts, YouTube, and Maps. And developers of all of your favorite apps can easily take advantage of the single sign-on capability, letting you tweet directly from their apps too.

The new feature perhaps makes the iPhone the biggest Twitter mashup since the new Twitter.com. And it's opening many new avenues for other Twitter mashups, as it's lowering the user experience barriers to create tweets from within iPhone apps.

Adam DuVander Hi! I'm Developer Communications Director for SendGrid and former Executive Editor of ProgrammableWeb. I currently serve as a Contributing Editor. If you have API news, or are interested in writing for ProgrammableWeb, please contact editor@programmableweb.com Though I'm a fan of anything API-related, my particular interest is in mapping. I've published a how-to book, Map Scripting 101, to get anyone started making maps on websites. In a not-so-distant past life I wrote for Wired and Webmonkey.

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bob

I was surprised that Apple chose Twitter over Facebook. Let’s just hope that they can also integrate Facebook into future Apple gadgets. But having Microsoft as an investor in Facebook, maybe they will not allow this to happen.