Twitter’s pending acquisition has not frozen all product testing, as we have seen suggestions for the upcoming editorial tweets flow out. And now the company announced limited test by Twitter Circle. It’s a feature that is similar to Instagram’s Close Friends feature or, if you’ve been around for a long time, Google Plus.
Twitter Circle will allow users to select up to 150 people to join their Circle, including followers and non-followers. Then, when they tend to tweet without sharing with the crowd, they simply pull up the Select Audience menu as you write a tweet and select Twitter Circle instead of All (as shown below). According to Twitter, this is different from its communities, which also hide tweets to try to prevent. “contextual collapse”Because these link to separate discussions while Circle are just standard tweets that are not available for everyone to see.
Some Tweets are for everyone and others are just for the people you have chosen.
We’re now testing Twitter Circle, which allows you to add up to 150 people who can see your Tweets when you want to share with a smaller crowd.
Some of you can create your own Twitter Circle starting today! pic.twitter.com/nLaTG8qctp
– Twitter Security (@TwitterSafety) May 3, 2022
It’s a way to have a similar privacy to a locked account that only appears to people who follow it without restricting you to a locked account. People who are currently members of your Circle will be able to see the tweets you post to it, but they can’t use the built-in retweet icon to automatically share them. Of course, this doesn’t stop screenshots or downloads of any content in the tweet, but again, it’s the same as if you had a locked account except it varies depending on the tweets you choose.
As the Twitter guidelines for the test explain, just because the public can’t see your tweets doesn’t mean there are no rules. Elon does not own the site yet – you may still be banned for abusive behavior or other activities that violate its rules. The feature has been running since at least last year, appearing with a “Trusted Friends” and “Facet” brand for the settings, and earlier this year under the name “Flock”.
Currently, the chosen ones who will have access to Twitter Circle can only create a single Circle, and only the person who creates the Circle can see the list of people who are in it. The feature is available to them via iOS, Android and the web. If you’re in a Circle, you can’t get rid of it, but you can still silence a discussion if it takes up too much of your timeline.