Instead of having to look over the stream or head on over to your “Notifications” or “Direct messages” tab, users can now receive real-time notifications that appear as a small pop-up on the bottom right of the screen.
The feature doesn’t work with just @ mentions or direct messages, but includes new follower notifications, when a tweet of yours has been favorited and when you’ve been retweeted.
Within the pop-up notification, you can respond directly without having to jump over to another tab.
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By default, all notifications appear to be turned on, and here’s how to adjust them:
- Go to https://twitter.com/settings/
- Click on “Web notifications” on the left-hand side
- De-select the box next to notifications you’re not interested in receiving
- Don’t forget to select “Save changes”
While some users may already have web notifications, in testing on my personal account, I couldn’t get them to work.
However, Twitter says the pop-up notifications are rolling out over the coming weeks, and it’s a much needed feature that is long overdue.