Among other things, iOS 5 brings built- in support for Twitter, the 140 character social networking service. Let's take a look. Go to Settings and tap on Twitter. If you don't have a copy of the official Twitter app, you'll see the option to install it. We'll go ahead and do that now, and enter our password. Note that you don't have to install the Twitter app; you can use any Twitter client you want on your iPad, this is just offered as a convenience. Now let's go back to the Twitter setting, and in the appropriate fields, enter your username and that's what follows the at symbol, and then add your Twitter password.
Check marks indicate that you're good to go. If you have more than one Twitter account you can add another one by tapping on the Add Account button and entering that accounts handle and password. In this case we don't have another one so we'll go back. Now let's tap on our account. Within the account screen you have two options: Find Me by Email and Tweet Location. Enable the first one, and others will be able to find you on Twitter by searching for you based on the email address, you used to register with Twitter. The second option is a general permission that lets you tweet your location if you want to, and if you want to is important.
With this option switched off, you can't choose to tweet your location in your Twitter client. And with it on, all your tweets won't be tagged with location information, just those you specifically choose to add location data to within the Twitter client. For example, let's launch the Twitter client, because this is the first time we've launched this app, it's going to ask for permission to use the information we entered in the Twitter setting, that's good, so let's tap on OK. Then it will ask for permission to use push notifications. That's up to you. If you receive new tweets that are addressed to your account, a notification will appear, we'll go ahead and say OK.
You also have the option to follow your friends if you like. This will be people in your address book. In this case, we're not going to do that, and we'll click on Skip. And finally, you need to verify that you're going to use Location with Twitter, we'll say OK. Now let's create a new tweet by tapping on the right button at the bottom of the screen. We'll enter in an innocuous tweet, and we'll tap on the location icon, which is that little arrow pointing up. When that's on, your location will be appended to the tweet, so people can find where you tweeted from on a map.
If I have the Global Tweet Location option turned off in the Twitter settings screen, then tapping this button within the Twitter client does nothing at all. It just doesn't work. We're not going to send this tweet, so we'll click on Close, and Don't Save. Now let's go back to the Home screen. Now that you have configured Twitter exactly what good does this do you? For the most part it's all about tweeting bits of information from other apps. For example, let's go to the Maps app, and we'll tap on the Location button to get our current location.
Now tap on the blue dot, tap on the Info button, and tap on Share Location. Here you see options to message or tweet your location, tap on Tweet. At this point a Tweet window will appear, just enter your message and your location will be appended to that message. At that point all you have to do is tap Send to send it, we're not going to do that so we'll Cancel. Or you can select an image within the Photos app, so let's quit this, tap on Photos and select an image.
To add that image to a tweet, tap on the Action button, and then tap Tweet. Same idea here, you got a new Tweet window, enter some text, send it, and not only will your tweet be sent but also the image that you've appended to it. And we'll go back to the Home screen. Twitter capabilities are built into other apps as well. For example, you can tweet your high score in a favorite game or share a favorite story you found on The Onion. And that's Twitter as it relates to the iPad.
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