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Twitter adds push notifications to iPhone, SMS for mentions

Twitter today updated its official iPhone and iPad app (free, App Store) to roll in push notifications. The feature can pop up a notice when either an @ mention or a direct message comes through from fellow users that already follow an account. Using the feature is optional.

The iPhone app has further been updated to reflect iOS 4.2 and better handles both shortened URLs as well as ones reserved for non-account tasks. Geotagging is simpler, and iPads now have better handling of inline media and the overall interface.

All members can also now choose to get an SMS message for a mention instead of just a direct reply, and can optionally choose to allow all mentions as text messages rather than limiting them to existing followers.

Both of the feature updates should be live today. BlackBerry users already had the features, while Android and Windows Phone 7 users should get equivalent options soon.