Twitter has launched a new feature called Circle last night that might help you dodge better. This feature, available to select users on Android, iOS, and the web, will allow you to tweet content to a small audience of 150 people.
This is very similar to Instagram’s Close Friends feature which allows you to share a story with a select number of people.
Before this feature was announced, you had to lock your account in order to share your tweets only with your followers. But now you can “tune in” your audience for certain tweets.
This feature had been due for a long time; there was no way to share your thoughts with a limited number of people. Last year, a Twitter designer shared the concept of having a series of “trusted friends”. It is now officially called Circle.
Some people may even make comparisons with the defunct social network Google+, which allowed you to create contact circles to share content with, based on your interests.
So how does it work?
As you can see in the GIF tweeted by the company, you need to create a circle by adding Twitter users to it and select your circle each time you tweet if you want to share something only with them.
Some Tweets are for everyone and others are only for the people you choose.
We are now testing Twitter Circle, which allows you to add up to 150 people who can see your Tweets when you want to share them with a smaller audience.
Some of you can create your own Twitter Circle starting today! pic.twitter.com/nLaTG8qctp
– Twitter safety (@TwitterSafety) May 3, 2022
Currently, you can only create a circle with 150 people. You can include anyone, even people who don’t follow you, in that circle.
It’s unclear if I’d see someone’s tweet on my timeline if they include me in their circle and don’t follow them. We asked Twitter for clarification and will update the story if we hear from.
Twitter said you can’t remove yourself from a circle, but you can mute a conversation. It sounds annoying if I have to do it for every tweet.
The company clarified that with this new feature, you can’t tweet what you want and expect to get away with it. Twitter’s platform rules still apply to tweets posted in your circle. So anyone can report these tweets for abuse and spam, and the company can take action on those posts or your account.
Twitter is getting closer to the concept of private tweeting. So instead of dump all your footage on one timeline, you can post different stuff for different groups of people.
Last year, the company introduced subreddit-like communities to allow people to post about shared interests.
The circle feature is for posting more generic tweets, but to a limited number of people you trust and feel safe saying certain things.
We’ll have to wait and see how these features evolve (if and) when Musk takes control of Twitter and applies his free speech ideas.