Twitter Circle begins to roll out to more users

Twitter started testing Circle with a limited group earlier this month, and now it looks like it’s starting to roll out to more users (via android police† The feature is very similar to Instagram’s Close Friends in that it allows users to send tweets to a specific group of people instead of all of Twitter.

To check if you can access Twitter Circle, update your Twitter app or visit Twitter in a web browser. When you start composing a tweet, you’ll see a drop-down menu at the top that says Everybody† From here you can choose: Twitter circle to restrict your tweet to a select audience, or you can click edit to add or remove people from your circle. Twitter does not notify users if you add or remove them.

Choose “Twitter Circle” to restrict your tweets.

Add or remove users from your circle.

You can add up to 150 users to your circle, whether they follow you or not. Users in your circle will see a note added to Circle-only tweets (and vice versa), which reads: “Only people in @[yourusername]’s Twitter Circle can see this tweet.” Tweeting to your Circle is almost like having a private account, only certain tweets are privatized instead of restricting access to your entire profile.

The people in your circle can’t retweet anything you post, but they can still take a screenshot and download your tweets. It’s also important to remember that Twitter’s Community Guidelines still apply even if you’re sending your tweets to a smaller audience.

At this point, it’s unclear how many people currently have access to Circle. It seems that more users (myself included) are finally seeing the feature pop up when they start writing a tweet. The edge reached out to Twitter to see if Circle is available to everyone, but didn’t hear back immediately.

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