Twitter is updating its mobile web site to look a lot more like the company’s native apps for Android and iOS — and a bit more like the version of the Twitter web site you’d see in a desktop web browser. The new mobile web app is only being rolled out to a small group of iPhone, iPod touch, and Android users at first, but Twitter promises to bring the new user interface to additional users in the coming weeks.

The new site gives you a series of tabs at the top of the screen for viewing your timeline @replies, and direct messages. You can also view lists or conduct searches.

It’s not clear from the Twitter blog post, but I suspect you’ll also be able to switch between tabs without refreshing the page, since the new app uses HTML5 and other new web technologies.

One of the coolest new features is the ability to see pictures shared by your contacts without opening a new window.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...