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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"?

marked as duplicate by Time Traveling Bobby, Martijn Pieters, Aske B., Josh Darnell, 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. – Josh Darnell 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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