Twitter's added a couple of new features to its micro-blogging service. The first lets you view the feed of another tweeter as they see it. The second is a 'stumble' button that randomly cycles through people you follow, showing you what their feeds look like.
If you click on a tweeter's 'following' button, you can now see a list of tweets from the accounts they follow, rather than a simple list of people. In effect, you're able to see what it would be like to be logged into another person's account.
We can see that being a nifty feature if you're looking for new people to follow.
The stumble tool, meanwhile, is a button that sits in the top right of the following page. Clicking it will jump you to a random following page of someone you're following.
We see the stumble button as a way of passing the time on Twitter. If your own feed is no longer satisfying your time-wasting needs, then clicking randomly through a few of the tweeters you follow is bound to throw up an interesting link or hashtag. And because it cycles randomly through people you're following, it might provoke you to do a bit of housekeeping, unfollowing anyone who provokes that familiar "Wait, who the heck is this guy?" feeling.
It's good to see Twitter keeping its own Web service up-to-date. With Twitter havingrecently for an estimated $40m (£24m), we're expecting some seriously cool new features in the near future.
Right, we're off to sit in a dark room until the word 'following' regains its meaning.