Introducing Twitter Circle, a new way to Tweet to a smaller crowd

Tuesday, 30 August 2022

Sometimes you just want to talk to your people. That’s why we created Twitter Circle, a new way to Tweet to a smaller crowd. 

With Twitter Circle, people now have the flexibility to choose who can see and engage with their content on a Tweet-by-Tweet basis. This makes it easier to have more intimate conversations and build closer connections with select followers.

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 globally.

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Take a look below to learn more about Twitter Circle, how it works, and what our community has to say about it. 

Selecting your circle

Before you post on Twitter, you’ll now see an option to share your Tweet with either your circle or your full followers list. Circles can contain up to 150 people, and you can adjust who’s in and who’s out at any time. Don’t worry, no one will be notified of any changes you make to your circle. 

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Tweets sent to your circle will appear with a green badge underneath them. They can only be seen by those you’ve selected to be in your circle and cannot be Retweeted or shared. Additionally, all replies to these Tweets are private, even if your Twitter account is public. 

You can find more info about Twitter Circle here

Personalizing your Twitter experience

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, including:

  • Feeling more comfortable Tweeting and expressing themselves
  • Eliminating the need for alternate or secondary accounts
  • Sharing content with a close and evolving group of friends
  • Avoiding toggling between protected and public account settings
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I love Twitter Circle because we all have those Tweets that we don’t want the entire world to see so it’s nice to be able to have a space where we can share and laugh with the people we are in community with! Twitter Circle eliminates the fear of the wrong person seeing the wrong Tweet and has allowed me to connect more honestly and purposefully with my followers which is what Twitter is all about.

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I love Twitter Circle because it allows you to curate a community within your community. Someone like me who has a larger platform can’t always be as open and connected with my friends the way I want to on Twitter, so this allows me to be able to connect with my broader audience, as well as my personal friends all on the same timeline!

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Some results from our Twitter Circle test include:

  • Increased overall Tweeting 
  • Increased Tweet engagement rate on circle Tweets (Likes and replies)

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.

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LGBTQ+ youth often opt to creating separate private accounts to feel more comfortable sharing online with people who accept their sexual orientation or gender identity. Twitter Circle puts power into the hands of people on Twitter by creating a new way for them to control how they show up online and feel safe expressing themselves.

Twitter Trust & Safety Council member


What’s next

Want to check out Twitter Circle for yourself? Click here to compose your first circle Tweet. We’ll continue to observe how it’s working and explore ways to make it even better. 

Don’t forget to keep your eyes here for additional features and tools that enable you to use Twitter on your own terms.

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