As if it weren’t hard enough to stay off Twitter in the first place, the newly updated Twitter app is about to make it tougher than ever to deny the popular social networking service. The latest Twitter update is now live, and it includes the long-sought option to turn on push notifications for @mentions and direct messages. Depending on how popular you are, you may never get anything (other than Tweeting) accomplished ever again.

We’re unsure why it took Twitter so long to integrate such a highly-desired feature into the service, as this is the sort of thing people have been clamoring for ever since the Twitter app launched. After all, what’s the point in having a mostly narcissistic social media service if you can’t get instant gratification whenever someone mentions you or sends you a message? We may as well be living in the Stone Age!

Furthermore, this feature has been available for Blackberry for quite some time now, but it is just now appearing on the iPhone. That’s a bit strnge since normally iPhone apps are the first to be updated and then Blackberry and others follow along behind. Oh well, at least iOS users can feel superior to Android consumers, who still don’t have the feature available on their device.

Now the question becomes, do we want Twitter to start sending pushes every time someone we follow sends out a Tweet, or is that too much? Computer-based clients such as TweetDeck already offer such a feature, and while it can border on annoying at times, it’s also easy to keep track of when a new Tweet lands so you can stay up to date on the latest happenings. I suppose it depends on how many people you follow, as those with smaller social circles would likely enjoy reading what their friends have to say as they say it, whereas power users would be drowned under the constant tidal wave of pushes. Truly you’d have a hard time getting anything else accomplished. Still, this is a nice first step and one which many users are sure to cheer. If you haven’t updated your iPhone Twitter app then go ahead and do so, then promptly send out a Tweet telling everyone what you just did; because trust me, we all really care.

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