It’s easy to miss notifications when getting a reply to your tweets or when someone retweets you, especially if you rely only on your e-mail for such things. In this context, Twitter’s new feature is definitely something that will make our lives easier.
A couple of days after Twitter switched to its new profile pages and basically turned into Facebook, the microblogging service announced a new feature. From now on, replies, retweets and favorited tweets will be presented in the form of chat-like popup notifications, assuming that the user is currently on twitter.com.
In a blog post on Twitter.com, Michael Ducker explained why the new features is so important: “When it comes to your interactions on Twitter, it should be easy for you to stay connected to what’s relevant. With this in mind, we’re bringing you real-time notifications on twitter.com when someone is engaging with your Tweets.”
The author of the post also detailed how the notifications will be displayed: “When you’re logged in on twitter.com, you will receive notifications if someone has replied, favorited or retweeted one of your Tweets. You can also receive notifications for direct messages and new followers. They’re fully interactive, so that you can reply, favorite, retweet, and follow right from the notification. We’ll be rolling this feature out over the coming weeks.”
Not at last, the blog post includes instructions on how to enable the new feature: “To make sure you’re getting the notifications you want, go to your Settings on twitter.com. That’s where you can choose what types of notifications you want to get on twitter.com and via email and mobile. If you use a Twitter app, check out your settings there too, so you can refine the types of push notifications you receive.”
In other news, it looks like 44 percent of Twitter accounts never sent a tweet, which is quite shocking, considering that this microblogging service has 974 million users. There are a couple of theories that could explain that. First of all, some people abandon their accounts right after creating them. Secondly, some create social media accounts just for
stalking following others, and they’re not interested at all to share their own ideas and opinions. An even creepier statistic shows that 47 percent of Twitter accounts don’t even have a picture, so it’s even harder to tell who hides behind a nickname.