Twitter Circle is for those times when you wanna tweet to a smaller crowd

Twitter’s Circle feature lets you add up to 150 people to a special group that you can post to when you don’t feel like tweeting to everyone.

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  • Twitter has confirmed it’s testing a new feature, dubbed Circle, that works pretty much like its Close Friends counterpart on Instagram. It’s for those times when you’d rather tweet to a smaller crowd rather than the web at large.
  • You can add up to 150 people to your circle on Twitter, both followers and non-followers, who will then be able to see and reply to your tweets.
  • Your circle is private: Any tweets shared with it cannot be retweeted.

Twitter Circle is like Instagram’s Close Friends feature

So basically, Twitter Circle lets you send tweets to only the people you choose, which sounds much like Instagram’s Close Friends feature. Only your circle can see and reply to those tweets. Sometimes you don’t want to share your thoughts on Twitter with the whole wide world so the Circle feature could be perfect for those times when you want to post your tweets to an intimate group of cherry-picked people.

If you have the feature, you can use Twitter’s audience selector when creating a new post to limit your tweeting to your circle. In order to protect the privacy of the tweets posted in your circle, no one can retweet those tweets. Currently, Twitter is limiting circles to one per account, with the ability to manage multiple circles possibly coming down the road. Also, no one can see the list of followers and non-followers in your circle. You can edit your circle anytime and if you remove someone from the circle, they will not be notified about it.

The company shared news of this new feature being tested. “Some tweets are for everyone and others are just for people you’ve picked,” reads the announcement on Twitter. “Some of you can create your own Twitter circle beginning today.”

When will Twitter Circle expand to everyone?

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Twitter began rolling out the Circle feature on May 3, 2022, with select accounts getting the feature first before it becomes more widely available. The feature is available across Twitter’s mobile app for iOS and Android, as well as in the web interface. Read: How to see which Twitter lists you’ve been added to

To verify if you have the feature, update Twitter’s mobile app [App Store link] on your device. If you have the feature, you should see a splash screen when hitting the plus button to create a new post, asking if you’d like to try it out. If you don’t have Twitter Circle, try checking back in a few days. Staggered rollouts usually take anywhere between a few days to a couple of weeks to finish reaching all users so have some patience. Read: How to create Twitter lists on iPhone, iPad, Mac and the web