In case you don’t like to use Twitter.com to check all the things that happen on Twitter, now all you have to do is check your email. Just when we thought email was dead, now Twitter wants to make sure those who still use it (which, to be clear, is just about everyone who has graduated from high school) don’t miss any tweets. Twitter announced via its official Twitter account that it is in the process of “rolling out email notifications that let you know if someone you follow retweets or favorites your Tweets.” In addition, Twitter will offer the option to send you an email anytime someone @mentions you, too.
These notifications will look like the email notifications you already receive about new followers and direct messages — if you have opted in to receive these notifications, of course. You can choose to receive these notifications by changing your settings. To do so, just log in to your Twitter account and then click on your username at the top right corner. From the dropdown menu, select Settings. This takes you to your Account page, but to access your email notifications, click the tab labeled “Notifications.” To disable email notifications when you’re sent a direct message, uncheck the box under “Messages.” To stop getting emails when someone new follows you, uncheck the box under “Activity.” Once Twitter rolls out the new notifications about retweets or favorites, you’ll be able to visit this same page to choose whether you want to receive a “reply or mention” by email under “Messages” or whether you want to receive emails when your tweets are favorited or retweeted under “Activity.”
Twitter is slowly rolling out these new notifications, so sit tight if you’re desperately awaiting this feature from Twitter. Of course, if the idea of managing your Twitter via email is really intriguing, there is always Twepe, an app that emails you as soon as you receive an @mention and features the ability to “do all your Twittering by email.” With Twepe, you can send an email to tweet, follow, DM, retweet, and unfollow. (All from the same email!) Of course, you’ll also get a summary of activity, which includes favorites and retweets, as well as things like new followers and lost followers, DMs, and more. If you’re excited about Twitter in your inbox, then Twepe may really be what you’re looking for.
Keep an eye out for these new notifications from Twitter, and let us know what you think in the comments. Will emails about retweets and favorited tweets help you? Or will these notifications just be more annoying email clutter?