Twitter Now Emails You Whenever Someone You Follow Retweets You

Despite all of the gurus who say that Twitter follower count doesn’t really mean anything, you can’t deny that you get a little thrill when you get an email notifying you of someone new who will be reading your daily 140-character witticisms. And Twitter wants to give you another reason to get a little giddy about what’s going on on the network: you’ll now get an email every time someone that you follow retweets you or favorites one of your tweets.

The official @Twitter account tweeted late Monday night about the new emails that users can expect to see:

This doesn’t mean you’ll be spammed with emails every time someone retweets you – it’s only when someone you follow retweets you, not one of the people following you. Likely a bit rarer of an event, in any case.

For instance, if you follow, say, Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) on Twitter but he doesn’t follow you, you’ll get an email if he ever decides that something you say is retweet-worthy. A thrill, no doubt, for those of us who are celebrity-obsessed.

I have yet to see one of these elusive emails in my inbox (sniff), but I’m sure they’re quite exciting to receive. No word yet on whether this is an opt-out service, or something you’ll have to put up with if these type of notifications aren’t your thing.