Apple Goes Big With Twitter Integration in iOS 5

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 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 The former ProgrammableWeb Executive Editor, Adam is an API expert now helping regular people connect them at Zapier. Previously he worked at API companies SendGrid and Orchestrate, and wrote for Wired and Webmonkey. Adam is also the author of mapping API cookbook Map Scripting 101. Find him at

Comments (3)


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.

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