Twitter Circle: An easy way to keep your tweets private
Twitter launched its new ‘Circle’ feature internationally. The feature lets its users send tweets to a private group of people. On Tuesday, the social media platform announced that users can now use the new update.
With this Twitter Circle, users can add followers to their private group. You can add up to 150 followers to your own group. In addition, you can also send personal messages to your private group or ‘Circle’ only.
Moreover, there are no limits on who you can add to your Circle. You can even add huge personalities and celebrities if you like. However, they may ignore your tweets.
who is brave enough to add us to their Twitter Circle?
— Twitter (@Twitter) August 30, 2022
Twitter’s Consumer and Revenue Product General Manager Jay Sullivan led the team that came up with Twitter Circle. In an interview with TODAY, he said his group had thought of ways to make the social media platform more “approachable.”
Sullivan said, “We know that tweeting can sometimes feel intimidating and overwhelming, especially for new platform users. So one of the things that I’ve been focused on leading our product team is making Twitter more approachable for people. And I think of this idea of experiencing Twitter on your terms, meaning the way you want.”
He also added that through Twitter Circles, users could add chosen followers and create more private conversations. It’s an excellent option to hide personal tweets on your public timeline.
Moreover, people in your private Circle will have a green badge under tweets. Your post is only available to that group, not the user’s public timeline.
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
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Another good option of this new feature is that users won’t receive notifications when someone adds or removes them from the Circle. In addition, users can’t just leave a Circle. You must block the person who created it to exclude yourself from the intimate group.
Although Twitter didn’t directly admit it, Circle seems to be one of their strategies to prevent users from locking down their profiles. All this while still maintaining a level of privacy on specific tweets. Users can’t retweet any posts in the Circle, like tweets from locked profiles.
You can create a Circle by going into the users’ settings. Then users can send tweets to their Circle by following the instructions that will pop up when drafting a new tweet.
Moreover, the tweets sent to the Circle have a distinct mark at the bottom. It will appear on the timeline of the Circle follower. The only ones who can reply and see new replies are the Circle members.
Furthermore, Sullivan also said that Circle could aid in anxiety as tweeting can now give users the privacy to have more intimate conversations with a trusted group of people.
Twitter began rolling out this new feature in May to some users. Due to popular demand, they are now expanding globally.
“The thing that we were hearing about this is people felt like they were finding their groove when it came to tweeting without the pressure of doing it on the public timeline. And that told us, wow, there is something to this idea of giving people that choice and control and Twitter on their terms. So we felt excited to bring it to everybody.”
Furthermore, Twitter also updated its audio tab. Now, it includes more than two million podcasts with live spaces. The revamping also features customizable “Stations” for different topics like sports, movies, news, and music. All categories offer live audio sessions and recorded podcasts.