The change we have been anticipating to happen in Twitter is almost coming. The social networking platform was acquired by billionaire Elon Musk, and the whole world has been waiting to see the changes that will happen.
The first change is already on its way, and it sets up a whole new perspective of privacy on Twitter. The platform has already announced that it is testing the newly developed, Twitter Circle, with only a few individuals. This new feature well suits those people who are looking to share tweets with specific people and not the whole public.
From the description, this seems to be similar to Instagram’s close friends feature on Instagram Stories. Twitter’s announcement of this feature has brought about different opinions as it changes the privacy scene on the social platform.
Could this change how people are engaging on the platform? This will definitely have people think about the message they want to pass via the platform and know the kind of audience they are seeking. There are times when one may not want everyone to see or read what they have tweeted.
Twitter Circle is targeted at those who may want to restrict the audience for their tweets.
Some Tweets are for everyone & others are just for people you’ve picked.
We’re now testing Twitter Circle, which lets you 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 beginning today! pic.twitter.com/nLaTG8qctp
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) May 3, 2022
Currently, you can only have one Circle, and the number of people to a Circle is limited to 150 users. Only you can see the full list of users in your Circle and Tweets shared to a Circle cannot be Retweeted. Although the Circle restricts who can see certain Tweets, this does not stop them from re-sharing media or screenshots of your content.
Finally, if you were added to a Circle, you cannot remove yourself from them. Twitter recommends muting the conversations they don’t wish to be a part of.
Twitter is only testing this feature with some users globally. To see if you’re part of the test group, you should see the option to create a Circle pop up when you compose a Tweet on Android, iOS, or on Twitter.com. Anyone can be part of a Circle, even those who you don’t follow. Only those in your Circle can see, reply to, and read replies to your Tweet when posted to your Circle.