Twitter Circle lets you handpick 150 people to tweet to
Instagram has had a similar feature for years.
Twitter’s newest feature is called Circle, and it’s aimed at limiting who can see your tweets. Currently in testing with a select user group across Android, iOS, and the web; it lets you add up to 150 people to a ‘Circle’ to see the tweets you want them to.
If that sounds familiar, it’s because it’s remarkably similar to how Circles worked on Google+ when that was still a thing. Instagram’s Close Friends feature is also similar, but it is focused on disappearing Stories.
When a Twitter designer teased it last year, it was called Trusted Friends. Now it’s Twitter Circle, with nobody on social media using original names anymore.
When your account gets the feature, you’ll be able to set up a list for your Circle. If you tweet to a Circle, only the accounts on that Circle will see those tweets.
Before this, you had to lock your account to limit who could see your tweets. That’s no longer the case, which is nice. The only limit is that Twitter is only allowing people to make one Circle right now.
We still have some questions about how Twitter Circle works. For example, Twitter says you can’t remove yourself from a Circle, but you can still mute individual conversations. That opens the door to harassment, which is already bad enough on the bird app.
The saving grace here is that all of Twitter’s usual rules apply to tweets in a Circle. That means you can still report harassers or content that goes beyond normal conversation.
Giving us more control over who sees our tweets is a good thing. I hope Twitter listens and adds some way to remove your account from another person’s Circle, otherwise the control is one way only.
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