Twitter is introducing the Twitter circle, a new way to let its users tweet to smaller crowds a feature similar to Instagram’s close friends feature.
Twitter has been testing twitter circles since May this year. they say the response was overwhelming so they’re officially making it available for other users.
The company in their blog said, ” We began testing Twitter Circle in May, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. So starting today, we’re making this highly-requested feature available to everyone on iOS, Android, and Twitter.com globally.”
Twitter has been making constant improvements to the app’s interface including adding podcasts, communities and many others as part of making the app a safe space for users. The Twitter circle will allow users to send tweets that will only be visible to a select number of people, up to 150 users and edit them anytime.
Before you post on Twitter, you’ll now see an option to share your tweet with either your circle or your followers. Tweets sent to your circle will appear with a green badge underneath them and they will only be seen by those you’ve selected to be part of the circle.
All replies to the tweets in the circle will be private even if your Twitter account is public.
In a blog, Twitter said, ” We want to ensure everyone on Twitter has the choice, control, tools, and transparency to join the conversation how and when they want, and Twitter Circle is another important step in that direction. Giving people the option to share thoughts with a select group of followers helps make Tweeting more accessible. This is true whether you’re brand new to Twitter or you have millions of followers. Since the feature began testing, people have been sharing how it’s helped them personalize their Twitter experience. ”
The feature makes Twitter users feel more comfortable Tweeting while expressing themselves. It also eliminates the need for alternate or secondary accounts.
Twitter is also committed to incorporating feedback from trusted partners and online safety experts, including the Twitter Trust & Safety Council, into the products and features we build. These groups regularly emphasize the importance of online customization tools in helping people express themselves freely online.