Twitter has just announced a new feature. You now have the ability to see your friends’ timelines. Essentially what this does is let you see what your friends see when they login to their Twitter. The argument for this is that if you are following an influencer you might be interested in the type of tweets they are interested in, in order to expand your network or learn from their Twitter style. The reality is that most of the people who are considered influencers follow a lot of people, so it is unlikely that they use their primary timeline for monitoring their feed. They more likely use lists to follow the people they are truly interested in.
List are something you have always been able to view, unless the person has set the list as private. So in essence, you have always been able to see the feeds of the people in your influencers’ timelines, or at least the ones they pay attention to.
The new “friends timeline” feature is being rolled out slowly across Twitter. Most people do not have it yet and as more people get it I am sure we will start seeing some feedback.
This is the third big announcement from Twitter in the past week.
Earlier this week they announced the acquisition of Tweetdeck, a third party app that is used for managing your Twitter account. Tweetdeck is a favorite among marketers, promoters and companies that need to monitor multiple Twitter streams. It is great for monitoring engagement and lists. In fact, I use it!
Twitter also changed their email notifications to be more robust. Now when someone mentions you or gives you a retweet, Twitter will send you a notification to let you know. It is great to be able to keep up with your Twitter via email, though if you are like me and don’t like your inbox being filled with notifications, I would suggest turning off the option in your Twitter settings.
So it was a big week in the Twitterverse, but for many of us these changes are not really affecting the way we will continue our engagement. But it did answer the question about why so many people were having issues with their Twitter, like their profiles not showing any tweets or showing no followers…it was all due to the updates. Now they are done and hopefully things will return to business as usual.