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New Feature: real time updates to questions, answers, and inbox

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While I think I already know the answer to question (number of new active posts that haven't been shown to you yet), I would like to know what this feature is called, so I can research more about it.

The first time I saw it, I thought it was the number of new notifications (similar to Facebook), so it seems a bit confusing to me.

Is this feature used in anything else than "new active posts on your currently opened 'active' tab"?

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marked as duplicate by Time Traveling Bobby, Martijn Pieters, Aske B., jadarnel27, Dennis Sep 6 '12 at 15:59

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to the last question, yes, it is also being used in the chat rooms. And if someone directly send you a message, a * is added: (1*) :P – ajax333221 Sep 6 '12 at 15:03
@UnicornifiedBobby If closing this as duplicate will mean that this question will still be found when searching for a similar titled question, then I agree. – Aske B. Sep 6 '12 at 15:11
Yep, that is one of the reasons questions are closed as duplicates. This can serve as a pointer for people who used similar search terms as you. – jadarnel27 Sep 6 '12 at 15:38
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You are looking at the new Real-time updates feature:

New Feature: real time updates to questions, answers, and inbox

Also called .

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