Twitter is introducing two new activity-centric features Wednesday in a partial redesign of its web application. The changes, designed to help users more easily discover what’s happening on Twitter in relation to them, are reflected in two new tabs on Twitter.com: “@[username]” and “Activity.”
The @username tab replaces the mentions tab and is more of a personal notifications dashboard. The tab will now include tweets directed at users via @replies (as usual), highlight favorited tweets and retweeted tweets, and include new follower notifications.
The Activity tab’s purpose is similar to activity notifications that appear in Facebook’s News Feed. The tab showcases the same actions — retweets, favorites and follows — as the @username tab, but as they pertain to the individuals a user follows.
“It provides a rich new source of discovery by highlighting the latest Favorites, Retweets, and Follows from the people you follow on Twitter – all in one place,” the company says of the Activity tab in its official Twitter Blog. “It’s easier than ever to explore Twitter, connect with people, and discover what’s happening around the world.”
Both the new tabs are radical in function and design, especially when compared to the far less colorful mentions and retweets tabs.
The new tabs have already appeared for some users and will continue to be gradually rolled out to all Twitter users.