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Just noticed this here on Meta:

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Cool, any details? Could not find any status-completed questions mentioning this. :)

This message appears all by its own after I leave the browser open for some minutes (~5) and coming back. Clicking the message is displaying the new question, same result as reloading the page.

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Phantom feature... –  Lix Feb 27 '12 at 8:50
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I'm not really sure how cool this is; what useful information does it really convey? Which 1 question is it that has new activity? Is the text a link to the question? And is it by chance referring to a question that you have favorited? I don't see it on my home page... :-( –  Cody Gray Feb 27 '12 at 8:50
    
@Cody sorry, wasn't clear in my description.. see my edit. –  Shadow Wizard Feb 27 '12 at 8:56
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Ah, indeed. I can reproduce this now. We're just like Twitter. And YouTube. –  Cody Gray Feb 27 '12 at 9:22
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@Cody and Facebook.. –  Shadow Wizard Feb 27 '12 at 9:23
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@ShaDowWizArd Please don't say the F word on Meta. –  Tim Post Feb 27 '12 at 10:17
    
I don't see the message. :( –  kiamlaluno Feb 27 '12 at 11:44
    
@kiamlaluno just leave the home page open on the active tab and leave - if you come back after enough time you should see it. The counter might "reset" if you browse other pages in the site, even from different tabs or browser.. –  Shadow Wizard Feb 27 '12 at 12:32
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up vote 30 down vote accepted

We are testing pushing new updates to the homepage via web sockets as they happen here on Meta only for the moment. Both the inbox notifications and new activity will occur without the need to constantly refresh. As soon as we can prove this works here on meta we will roll it out to the rest of the network.

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Cheers! Looking good so far, you got any estimation when it will be rolled out? :) –  Shadow Wizard Feb 27 '12 at 15:32
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Will that also work for the flag count? –  Mad Scientist Feb 27 '12 at 15:48
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eeek you added a cheese! –  Jin Feb 27 '12 at 15:49
    
I'd especially be interested in the flag count, like @Fabian said. –  studiohack Mar 1 '12 at 2:42
    
@Geoff - Just noticed this on Electrical Engineering. I take it that it's been rolled out to the rest of the network? –  Kevin Vermeer Mar 11 '12 at 18:43
    
@KevinVermeer we have rolled this out to all of the network sites except for Stack Overflow. There are more changes coming as well related to updating real time. –  Geoff Dalgas Mar 11 '12 at 23:07
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Considering this:

was marked as recently - I'm guessing it just got rolled out to Meta :-)

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I've not noticed this on other sites, so I guess they're testing it on MSO first. –  ChrisF Feb 27 '12 at 10:38
    
@ChrisF yes, I meant Meta-only - added that :) –  Sathya Feb 27 '12 at 10:39
    
Yeah, Geoff (who is a developer, not mere moderator) marked it this way but never got back to my comment to explain.. 20 days later we now see this - no coincidence! –  Shadow Wizard Feb 27 '12 at 11:12
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