Fall 09 Dashboard Update
Xbox 360 Dashboard Twitter Preview - Vid, Screens & Info
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Oh Twitter, how you’ve invaded our lives at the drop of a hat, and now, you want to invade our consoles!? We’ll have none of it. Okay, we will, but only if you’re any good... and that, you are not.

I’ll kick off the fall update previews with a look at one of the service’s sour points; Twitter. Simply put, it just doesn’t work. Sure, you can tweet from your dashboard now, but unless you own a chatpad or a USB keyboard, Twitter will be gathering virtual dust the moment it's released to the masses. The inability to “tweet” anywhere on your console is surely a missed opportunity as the application can only be used from the confines of the dashboard - no tweeting mid game about that sick headshot.
It isn't the dashboard issue that majorly disappoints us though, not being able to follow links, use TwitPic or any of the fun stuff that makes Twitter what it is, makes it seem half assed and not worth the effort. Okay your avatar does dance when you tweet, you can retweet with the click of a button, but in all seriousness, it lacks the basics that an iPhone app like EchoFon can offer you, so you have to question who will use it?
Throw in the fact that the application is decidingly sluggish, you can only view the last 50 updates in your news feed, and you can only view the last 25 updates on someone else's profile, and it seems like half measures all round.
It seems like Microsoft saw Twitter becoming so widespread that they put it in without knowing why it works so much... accessibility and networking. So sticking people in one spot and nailing them down there doesn't have the freedom we wished the application would have. Will we use it again? Probably not.

Things do get a hell of a lot better with the update, so stick around for our impressions on them later on today.
Take a look at our short walkthrough below and some screens (there are more in the gallery) we snapped earlier. If there are any questions, I will answer them if I can, just whack them in the comments. Q and A starts... now!!
The Preview Program update e-mails for wave 1 are going out this week. If you haven’t signed up, check out the details here. The full update is coming soon. No specific date has been named yet, although November 17th is a good shout.


Check out the fall 2009 dashboard update gallery here for all the Twitter (and more later) screens.


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Comment #1 by Poppygalaxy
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 04:44:28 PM
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im more intrested to Facebook

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Comment #2 by nukefarmer
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 04:45:01 PM
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Thanks for the preview =)

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Comment #3 by eternal123
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 04:45:21 PM
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this is stupid

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Comment #4 by tehapoc
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 04:47:19 PM
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I don't think that I'll ever understand why or how Twitter became popular.

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Comment #5 by Simzo
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 04:47:46 PM
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Damn, I was so nearly in that. I mentioned you in one of my tweets.

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Comment #6 by shrunkundies
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 04:48:55 PM
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when will they add a feature that lets me turn off all the features i don't want or need?

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Comment #7 by Spanish Assault
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 04:50:15 PM
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I dont want this any where near my I have to wait 10 minutes while the stupid thing updates for something I DONT want.

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Comment #8 by DarkManX
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 04:52:28 PM
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OMG This is so stupid why would they do this how lame.

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Comment #9 by alex31991
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 04:53:47 PM
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Twitter is pointless...its a whole site revolving around nothing but status updates...Myspace and Facebook already have that, plus way more...I honestly don't even see how this site became popular.

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Comment #10 by Tim 13
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 04:55:13 PM
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Comment #11 by Vice Destroyer
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 04:56:26 PM
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I was so close to being in that as well. I should have bombarded you with loads and loads of tweets.

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Comment #12 by crimsonland1
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 04:58:28 PM
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Yeah wow, what gayness

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Comment #13 by mikevickfan13
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:03:48 PM
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Comment #14 by II KaotiK
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:05:36 PM
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Twitter is clutter free, micro blogging.

If you go onto Facebook, you have a bombardment of links, images, and other assorted stuff you quite frankly don't need to see when you just want to update your status.

You go onto Twitter, and it's essentially all text, fast loading, concise and straight to the point. It's easy to load on a Mobile, and it's accessible for those who need to get a point across, with out the other stuff that comes with Social Networking Sites (Myspace/Facebook/Bebo etc).


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Comment #15 by Dark Splank
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:06:06 PM
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i want a feature to disable all these features.

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Comment #16 by [Waggly Bean]
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:07:46 PM
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@7 Oh boo hoo! Just go make a drink or a snack while it updates. Or maybe spend 10 minutes whining about something on x360a as you're so good at it.

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Comment #17 by Coadster1
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:08:15 PM
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They look and seems like pretty cool features.

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Comment #18 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:08:30 PM
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@#13 - LAST SENTENCE OF THE ARTICLE!!! (is that how we're speaking now?)

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Comment #19 by kelnoker
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:08:50 PM
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another useless pub on the dashboard

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Comment #20 by Sgt L Stubbings
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:09:32 PM
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Im not the first and im definetly not gona be the last to say this but Twitter is so useless and pointless facebook and myspace do the same as well as much more. The thing that is the most annoying about this is that many people who dont need or want this are having it forced down their throats by microsoft which in turn means everyones dashboard is now going to be clutterd up even more with useless crap

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Comment #21 by XI MANX IX
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:09:34 PM
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Comment #22 by II KaotiK
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:13:02 PM
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Comment #23 by blackout529
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:14:57 PM
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Guys you know you don't have to use it right? Just thought I should throw it out there....

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Comment #24 by EVUL DAVE
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:17:48 PM
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I agree with most everyone else here; Twitter is useless. Facebook is far greater in the social networking category.

I honestly do not understand how Twitter became so popular...

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Comment #25 by II KaotiK
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:18:05 PM
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People always need things to complain about though ;)


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Comment #26 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:18:42 PM
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@20 - The dashboard with the update is far from cluttered...

There are like 9 channels...

My Xbox, Spotlight, My Community, Inside Xbox, Friends, Music, Videos and Games.

It's there if you want to use it, nobody is twisting your arm if you don't. Same as Facebook, same as Last FM, same as Sky, same as Halo Waypoint... it's all free. You don't complain the internet is cluttered with billions of sites do you? You just steer clear of them and do what you want.

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Comment #27 by waterhead71
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:20:17 PM
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I don't Tweet. I don't think anyone cares what I have to say and I don't care what other people have to say. But it's cool if other people want to use it. I'm more interested in Facebook!

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Comment #28 by WickedD365
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:33:54 PM
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Great, more useless garbage to clutter up my dash. Noone cares what you tweet or your facebook status. Stop being nerds and go outside and make real friends in real life. Don't get me wrong, I play games like it's going out of style, but I have a life, and most normal people don't mess with the social networking garbage. So what you have 1 a million friends on Facebook, you want a cookie? I bet if you called one of those "friends" and asked for help. they would tell you to stick it.

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Comment #29 by Dusty Longshanx
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:35:07 PM
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I agree with #26, I don't see the point to complaining, even if they all suck, they're all free so who cares, if you don't like it don't use it, if anyone has EVER learned anything from Rock Band's weekly DLC comments, it's that NO ONE GIVES A SHIT about anyone's opinion. Thanks x360a for the preview

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Comment #30 by The Elite Elite
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:43:42 PM
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Sorry that Twitter won't work well for those who use it. (I personally don't) Anyway, I'm more interested in what the Zune part of the update does, since I do own a Zune.

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Comment #31 by taylorxxx
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:44:55 PM
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i can't believe so many people are ripping twitter, but defending facebook. social networking is retarded. talk to your friends in person or on the phone!

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Comment #32 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 05:48:14 PM
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@#31 - I can tell you've never paid for a phone bill or a plane ticket =P

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Comment #33 by AlmightyBronco
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 06:00:09 PM
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Myspace FTW

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Comment #34 by II KaotiK
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 06:08:48 PM
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You're telling people to go outside, and get a life, yet you're on a video game website, posting a comment? Irony much?

The fact is, I walk a lot, I commute 80 minutes to College, 80 minutes back, that's a lot of down time on the train, plus when I am walking around.

If I can jump on the internet via my mobile, which I do, I can have a conversation with someone via Facebook comments, and pass the time.

This stuff is the way the world is turning. People are getting connected in more and more ways, and this Xbox 360 Update proves it.

It's not going to clutter your precious dashboad, and to be honest, how often do you go into the Game Marketplace tab? Or any of them? You spend most of your time in a game. You wont notice it.

Get over it. Microsoft is giving us something

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Comment #35 by II KaotiK
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 06:09:22 PM
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Microsoft Is giving us something free, and pretty much revolutionary.


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Comment #36 by D0DGEY
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 06:19:26 PM
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Waste of time and effort IMO

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Comment #37 by The Clutch Hand
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 06:24:52 PM
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Thanks for the preview, pretty interesting.

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Comment #38 by KungFuLoLCat
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 06:37:47 PM
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really why was twitter even invented?

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Comment #39 by Its Fooga
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 06:50:22 PM
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@34 Keep it up, maybe they'll start sending you checks in the mail.

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Comment #40 by II KaotiK
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 06:56:12 PM
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Why would Microsoft pay me, for toting common sense, and sensible logic?

I write for my own website, and too often do I read idiotic comments as demonstrated by people that comment on this.

The irony is, you all complain about the "overcharging" on behalf of Microsoft, yet they give you free stuff, yet everyone STILL bitches.


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Comment #41 by Whiteguy25
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 07:15:23 PM
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Drjft has the best common sense among you guys. Also, if you are afraid that your dashborad will be "cluttered," you guys need to stop your complaining and deal with it. If you don't like it, they invented the thumbstick to go UP or DOWN so you could bypass the 'My Community' tab that is being added...

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Comment #42 by priwogic
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 07:27:12 PM
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you inbreads cant help yourselfs, you dont have to use it if you dont want to.

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Comment #43 by SorrowsHT
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 07:41:53 PM
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I'd rather just use my PC. If you could tweet in-game then I'd be interested.

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Comment #44 by mjc0961
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 07:55:42 PM
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"We’ll have none of it."

That goes double for me: I even Ad Block Plus'd the Twitter box on this site because of how useless it is. Twitter can just go tweet itself as far as I'm concerned.

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Comment #45 by FatalFlaw810
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 09:39:34 PM
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Why are most people complaining? It's a free feature, if you don't want to use it then DO NOT use it. That simple!

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Comment #46 by Rug22
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 01:10:53 AM
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Maybe its time for M$ to develop and release a web browser for the 360

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Comment #47 by Will Daniels
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 08:35:01 AM
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I don't use twitter at all, but hopefully for those who do on the 360, you'll be able to change those gay backgrounds.

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Comment #48 by DaChiefOfOwnage
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 10:33:42 AM
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#39, I lol'd.

They can stick their twitter up their twatter. All I want to do is play games and possibly download dlc.

Needs an option to turn this extra crap off.


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Comment #49 by Poppygalaxy
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 @ 04:48:15 PM
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47, yep light blue Oh my god

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Comment #50 by TpYourHouse
Saturday, October 24, 2009 @ 11:09:41 PM
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I signed up for it.

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Comment #51 by N3XXIS
Friday, November 13, 2009 @ 04:24:31 PM
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I use twitter occassionally... But There ultimately isnt that much use in having it intergrated into XBLA... Just more evidence of Microsoft trying to take over the world, one Web-company at a time... This isnt necesarily a bad update, but it is a little pointless to a good bunch of people, but as long as a couple get some use out of it, I guess its good.

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