Twitter is finally testing Twitter Circle, a feature that lets users send tweets out to a limited number of followers. The test is ongoing, with a few members of the public being able to use Circle right now. How selection for the test was made isn’t known, but you probably need more than 150 followers in order to qualify.
Make the Circle bigger?
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
Why? Well, Twitter Circle lets users choose up to 150 of their followers and create a microblog or chatroom using tweets. Only those selected followers can see the tweets and reply to them. It is sort of like Close Friends/ Favorites on Instagram or Select Audience on Facebook. Users are tweeting to a curated audience.
That audience may consist of both followers and non-followers. Weird as it sounds, you don’t someone to follow you in order to include them in a Circle. All that matters is that you want only those users to see your tweets. When a tweet is directed to your Circle, they are the only ones who can view and interact with the original tweet and its replies. Members don’t see a full list of everyone else in the same Circle. That info is limited to the Circle’s creator.
Members cannot retweet a post beyond a Circle. It’s also not possible, during this test, to have more than one Circle. Finally, members of the Circle are alerted that tweets are only viewable by those in the group via a green indicator attached to each relevant tweet.
The in-testing function extends Twitter’s reply control option, which it launched back in 2020. That feature lets users decide who can see and respond to each of their tweets. At present, there’s no timeline for a greater Twitter Circle rollout.