Twitter quietly added a prompt to post a public reply to any user whose profile page you visit today; it’s a small but logical step to take and one that makes the interface all the more supportive of social interaction. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey replied to user @jSammy17 and said the feature was new today – that appears to be the company’s only public statement about it so far.
Activity streams, photo uploaders and media galleries, now changes to the posting interface – with all these changes made in one week you’d think there was a hot new social network that had just launched and that was challenging Twitter for its users. When will a Twitter Games Platform launch, I wonder?
The call to action to send a public @ reply to a user whose profile page you’re on is pretty straightforward. You could always send a private Direct Message to someone when you visited their page if they were following you. Now whether they are following you or not, you can initiate a conversation.
Above, finance blogger and post-industrial renaissance woman Sarah Gilbert is a great person to follow. Now you can send her, or anyone else, public replies whether she follows you back or not.