The offiical Twitter app's new Toast push-notification in action
If there was one nagging issue with the official Twitter app for Windows Phone, it was the inability to get Toast notifications for new mentions or re-Tweets. Even after receiving a new update just 3 weeks ago, there was still no sign of any of these advanced features.
So we were a tiny bit flabbergasted to actually see a new notification section in the latest update, version 1.2.4555.39631 (or just v1.5 in the Marketplace) which just went live tonight. The updated Notification area has the following options
Mentions - Off, From people you follow, From anyone
Favorited - Off, From people you follow, From anyone
retweets - Off, From people you follow, From anyone
That's actually a fairly robust selection of possible notifications for Twitter these days and yes, they are the Push type i.e. nearly instant. What's more, while there is seemingly no Live Tile counter, the Tiles does flip to show you new mentions or notifications in addition to the Toast alerts (which work quite fast from our experience).
While there is no counter, the Live Tile flips to show mentions
While it may have taken nearly two years to get this feature on Twitter, we are just going to sit in awe now and enjoy what we have.
Pick up the official Twitter app (v1.5) for Windows Phone now in the Marketplace. Thanks, Osvaldo C., for the tip