Twitter is a social network and microblogging service. It was started in 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Evan Williams and Biz Stone. Since 2006, its popularity has grown with over 271 million active users per month.

Twitter allows users to send and read 140-character messages, called tweets. Tweets can contain photos, text or URLs to other media. Some media can be embedded and viewed within tweets, allowing users to stay in their Twitter timeline and not navigate away.

Twitter is available through the web, SMS or mobile apps. Twitter has made official apps for Windows Phone, iOS, Android and other platforms. Twitter APIs allows developers to create third-party apps to supplement the official apps.

An official Twitter app has been available for Windows Phone since 2010, when Windows Phone 7 launched. The app isn't actually made by Twitter but by firm Clarity Consulting in Chicago. Windows Phone also featured Twitter integration, which has expanded and improved with Windows Phone 8.1's [Social Extensibility framework]

Initial reviews of the app weren't favorable, but Twitter for Windows Phone has improved greatly over the years. Today's app is excellent for more users, but power users still might prefer additional features found in third-party apps.

The most recent update to Twitter on Windows Phone, version 3.2, enabled a handful of new features like the ability to tag friends in photos, the ability to upload multiple photos, and a redesigned Twitter timeline.

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