What you need to know
- Opera was updated today to version 69.
- The major new addition in this update is built-in Twitter integration.
- Twitter can now be added to your sidebar for quick access to your timeline, DMs, and more.
Opera continues to roll out new tie-ins with its namesake browser, and the latest is built-in Twitter integration. Twitter is now one of several services you can add directly to Opera's sidebar, giving you quick access to your DMs, timeline, and everything else Twitter offers. That's in addition to other services like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.
You can add Twitter to Opera's sidebar by click the three dots at the bottom. Under "sidebar setup," you can select Twitter in the "Messengers" section. After that, the Twitter icon will appear in the sidebar and you can click it to sign in.
Once you're signed in, you'll have full access to Twitter with a click of the icon. That includes your main timeline, along with DMs, notifications, and more.
Twitter integration joins other features that headline Opera's offerings, like a free VPN, built-in ad blocker, other messengers, and a crypto wallet. For more, you can check out the latest version of Opera to get started.
Maybe I'm the only one, but I really don't like features like this. Build a universal API (or just take advantage of PWA functionality) and stop building everything into a browser sidebar - it's clunky, overly selective, possibly duplicative, and stinks of Android bloatware á la 2012. Of course, I also don't like Electron building a fully formed Chrome instance into every app because of the bloat, but that's just me.
Satan himself could not have come up with something more diabolical. Why don't we just put Twitter implants in our brains?
Making it easier for the Chinese government (who own Opera) to associate dissident twitter users with their IP address and browsing history. Cool...
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