Twitter has just rolled out an update to the pages where you browse the list of people you’re following and those following you. These pages – which you get to by clicking the following/follower counts on any user profile – now come with a whole lot more information about other Twitter users.
For example, on the page listing your followers, Twitter now shows a check mark of the people you follow back. There’s also a pull-down menu that includes options for direct messaging them, sending them an @ mention, following them (if you’re not already doing so), or blocking them.
Meanwhile, on the page listing people you follow, there are options for sending them a mention, unfollowing, or, if they follow you, sending them a direct message. Both on this page and on that of your followers, you also get to see each user’s bio.
Interestingly, these options aren’t just available on your profile, but on any profile you visit. Comparing this to the previous design, which included just a name and profile picture, it’s a lot more information that you now have to work with, and an excellent way to find new people to follow.
In other words, you can now visit a friend or co-workers profile, see who they’re following, and then decide whether you want to follow those people based on their profile information (without actually visiting their profile) which is available to you right there. However, you can still toggle between the new “expanded view” and “list view,” which is more like the former format.
This is reminiscent of the change that Twitter recently made to include more metadata in the follower notification emails it sends out, allowing you to make a quicker decision as to whether or not you want to return the follow. In all, it points to Twitter giving its users more tools to expand their networks on the site.