Twitter Circle is basically IG’s Close Friends, but for tweets

Doesn’t this look familiar…

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Sep 25, 2022

Twitter Circle, a feature that allows you to curate a smaller audience that can view specific tweets, has officially been launched as of the end of August. For those of you who are familiar with (and avid fans of) Instagram‘s Close Friends, it is essentially the same thing.


According to a blog post:

“Twitter Circle is a way to send Tweets to select people, and share your thoughts with a smaller crowd. You choose who’s in your Twitter Circle, and only the individuals you’ve added can reply to and interact with the Tweets you share in the circle.”


So it’s a less exciting version of Close Friends, where instead of being on the receiving end of thirst traps and niche life updates, you will just be privy to more opinions deemed too “risky” for the general public or a log of nonsensical rants.


Here’s how Twitter Circle works

First, you have to start by building out your inner Circle. This could be your real life friends as well as strangers that you have become acquaintances with through following each other on social media for years. You can put up to 150 accounts in your Twitter Circle — which, if you ask me — is a large number of people to be privy to your private, most unhinged thoughts.


Once you’ve selected your exclusive Twitter Circle, you can write a tweet and click on the drop-down menu that says “everyone.” Beneath the “choose audience” button, you will be able to edit your Twitter Circle. Of course, Twitter will recommend accounts for you, but you can also remove anyone at any time. In order to post to your Twitter Circle, all you have to do is select the option in this drop-down menu.


Anything you post to your Twitter Circle will have a pop-up box at the bottom right corner noting that is is part of the Circle, and Twitter has chosen the same color as Instagram’s Close Friends to signal this.


The community standards and guidelines still apply to content published to your Circle, and screenshots are still permitted. Twitter sees this as a win when it come to privacy, but really it’s just a safe way to experiment with posts that could appear less interesting to a big following.


Speaking of social media updates borrowing concepts from each other, Instagram’s unreleased Candid Challenges are too close to BeReal and Twitter’s new Notes feature allows for longer Tweets.


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