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August 10, 2011 / David Bleeker

Twitter Comes Alive With Realtime Activity Streams

Since its inception, content on Twitter has largely been displayed in the same basic manner. That is a linear, reverse chronological stream of Tweets. Two new sections being added to the service are about to change that.

Specifically, the “@Mentions” tab on is being replaced by two new tabs: “@USERNAME” and “Activity”. These two streams will add an additional layer to Twitter and to Tweets themselves, a layer showing the social activity around them.

Twitter will begin rolling out these changes to a very small set of users today. The rollout will continue over the next several weeks, assuming everything goes to plan. Again, this will only be on for now — Twitter is thinking about how to surface this same information on their mobile applications, but notes that it could be different for different devices. [read more]

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