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Tweetbot 1.5

Tweetbot v1.5 is now available on the app store. Here’s what’s new in this version:

  • t.co url shortening support
  • Mute filters
  • Ability to email single direct messages
  • Support for international hashtags
  • Bug fixes

Twitter’s Native URL Shortening Service

If you’ve used any of Twitter’s native applications, you may or may not have noticed that URLs are shortened to a t.co domain name. This is Twitter’s URL shortening service. Starting with Tweetbot 1.5, this will be the default shortening service. We’ve also disabled all the other URL shortening services with the exception of bit.ly Pro, CloudApp, and the Custom option.

Why are we doing this? 1) Twitter now automatically shortens all URLs that are at least 19 characters long, even if your link has already been shortened. 2) Twitter’s shortening service shows the real URL in your timeline so you will know which website you’ll be visiting before tapping on it. This is a very good thing. 3) Twitter’s service is faster than a stand alone URL shortener, you’ll be able to post your Tweet’s without waiting for each to link to be shortened. There’s no good reason to use a stand alone URL shortener, other than for tracking purposes.

Mute Filters

This is probably our most requested feature, but I’m sure it will be replaced by something else. :) Mute filters are pretty simple. If you don’t want to see someone’s posts (or hashtag) in your timeline, just hold down on a person’s avatar (or hashtag) and select the “Mute” option. You’ll be able to select a duration of time that you don’t want to see tweets from them or with that hashtag. You can choose from 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, or forever. You can manage mute filters in one of the last 2 customizable tab buttons.

Users will have no idea that you have muted them so if you feel bad about unfollowing people, this is a great alternative (although your filters are only used in Tweetbot).

There’s a few caveats to keep in mind. 1) Mute filters only work on your main timeline. They won’t work in lists. 2) If a muted person mentions or DM’s you, you will receive those.

That’s it for now. We are also hard at work on 1.6 and think many of you will be really happy with it as well. :)