Twitter Adds Email Notifications For Retweets, Favorites

05/23/2011 06:34 pm ET | Updated Jul 23, 2011

Twitter will start sending emails out letting you know when a follower retweets or favorites one of your tweets.

The company tweeted the news earlier today via the @Twitter account. Currently, users receive email notifications when they get new followers or receive direct messages.

Some users may find it helpful to know when a tweet of theirs has been particularly appreciated. For the others, email notifications can be disabled under if they'd rather not receive email notifications for different events. To opt out of receiving emails from Twitter, go to "Settings," then "Notifications" and "Activity."

The move may be part of Twitter's effort to encourage its users to be more engaged with the service and check it more frequently. Some studies have cast doubt on how many of Twitter's over 200 million users are actually tweeting on a regular basis.

Check out our top Twitter tips for newbie tweeters, then tell us what you think of the new notification plan below: