What we have at present:-
I update my status on my profile and comment on the posts made by others. That's basically and old way of doing things. It's boring! I do go and see my 'news feed', but there's nothing I can do right there except for watching what's going on (and not participating).
What's cool -
Turn the user profile commenting system to twitter like! That is, I can update my own status; but at the same time, my user profile also shows status / comment updates from members I'm subscribed to - similar to twitter.
We can then have hashtags, trending topics, lists et. al. I'm sure @Mike and @Kier can think of something more innovative.
Why is this required?
Our users told me they've no reason to visit their own profile pages unless someone comments. So that section remains idle. Instead, I'd really love to go to my own profile to participate in discussions, comment on other people's status updates, use hash-tags as trending topics, etc.
Plus this all integrated with xenForo's beautiful alerts system would make XenForo's stickiness 100x more!
Will this affect forums?
I believe people would prefer casual discussions through the new system, but for more formal discussions; we'll always have the main board!