Twitter is bringing notification alerts to the web.
The company announced April 10, 2014 that users who access Twitter.com will soon receive pop-up notifications when others on the platform engage with them — for example, when a user retweets, mentions or messages them.
This may be most useful when it comes to messaging. The dialogue box won’t stay open for back-and-forth chat, like in Facebook or Google Hangouts; it closes after you respond. The change makes direct messages more accessible and could increase the popularity of Twitter DMs.
Users who are not interested in receiving the notifications can turn them off under Twitter’s settings. The company is rolling out the new notifications feature over the “coming weeks.”