In the early days of Twitter in 2008, long before it became as popular as it is today, Twitter showed every @-reply of someone you followed in the home timeline but Twitter noticed that with increased popularity a stream can become pretty noisy and switched the mechanism it showed @-replies in a stream. In 2009 Twitter started to only show @-replies if someone follows the recipient of the @-reply as well, otherwise the reply didn't appear anymore; making the stream less noisy. However, last night, Twitter updated its Android and iPhone apps, as well as Twitter.com, to make it easier to discover and follow conversations in the home timeline. Tweets that are part of a conversation are now shown in chronological order so it's easier to follow along.
Users are now seeing up to three Tweets in sequence in the home timeline; and if you want to see more, you can tap a Tweet to see all the replies, including those from people you don't follow.
Furthermore, Twitter also made it easier to share these conversations on Twitter.com. With this update, users can share conversations over E-Mail - whether friends are on Twitter or not. On iPhone and Android, individual Tweets can be shared over email and on Android Tweets can be even share via direct message (DM) as well.
Additionally, Twitter users can now report individual Tweets for abuse or spam directly from Twitter for Android and Twitter.com. This feature will be rolling out gradually; and it's already available on Twitter for iPhone.
Last but not least, Twitter has improved the Twitter for Android experience on entry-level Android smartphones with limited storage, such as the Samsung Galaxy Y, HTC Explorer, etc. For these devices, the Twitter app is now less than half the previous size, making it much faster to download and easier to install.
The Twitter update is now available from Google Play and iTunes. Neither Windows 8 nor Windows Phone 8 are yet part of the new feature.
Cheers ~ Arne