I was excited this morning when I logged into Twitter to see the new activity stream up and running. That was only one of two changes though. The mention tab is now an @USERNAME stream replaces the @Mentions and Retweets streams, combining those with stories about new followers, people favoriting your tweets, and more. The Activity stream shows the follows, favorites, and retweets of the people you follow. What I’m most pumped up about with the Activity stream is seeing the new connections from the people I follow in real-time. These transform into social recommendations of who I should look at following next. This is a vast improvement from the Twitter Who To Follow sidebar section which doesn’t indicate when the connections were made. The Activity Stream should serve as a valuable tool for finding new people to follow based upon the fresh information.
This is a great move for Twitter. It makes the interface and available information from Twitter appear all the more social. It doesn’t just concentrate on what you say, but when you do it. And now, you can also see what your tweeps are doing and not just saying! As for the layout of the new streams, the basic funtionality and look are properly minimalistic and fit squarely with Twitter‘s short and sweet messages. I also appreciate the easy to use follow button that appear in the following listing in the activity feed. From what I understand this is a roll-out process. If you haven’t seen it yet, I’m sure you will soon!