Twitter Circles allow you to restrict the scope of tweets to a predefined list of accounts. Perfect for staying in a small committee.
Circles Twitter are a feature that was long overdue, and not just for Twitter Blue subscribers. Everyone can therefore benefit from it. The concept is as follows: if you want your tweets not to be visible to everyone who follows you on the platform, you can define a Circle with only some of your contacts. The tweets will then only be visible to members of this Circle.
Twitter Circles help narrow the reach of tweets
Unlike the Google Plus implementation, Twitter only allows users to use one Circle. For the moment at least. To use these Circles, you first need to know what platform you’re using Twitter on. If you are on desktop, click on “What’s new?” at the top of the screen, then click “Everyone” in the pick list. If you choose Edit next to Twitter Circle, you can start choosing who can see your tweet. Leave the setting on Everyone and your tweet will be public, visible to everyone, as usual.
Then click on the Recommended tab in the window that appears and you will see suggestions for your Circle. You can also search for specific accounts via the search box at the top. You can add up to 150 people to your Circle and those people don’t have to follow you (and you don’t have to follow them). These won’t get notified when they’re added to a Circle (or removed), but everyone in the Circle will know when they see one of your private tweets.
to a predefined list of accounts
You can edit the list of users in your Circle at any time, but keep in mind that anyone in your Circle can see all tweets sent in the Circle, even tweets sent in the past.
Tweets sent to your Circle will appear with a tag, telling others (and you) that not everyone can see it. Anyone in your Circle can reply to what you said via a reply, but the Retweet option does not exist.
On mobile, everything is very similar. Tap on the “New tweet” button (bottom right) and you will see a window inviting you to test the Circles. If desired, tap Get Started or tap the Audience drop-down list above the text input box. Then tap Edit next to Twitter Circle and again you can adjust the list, remove people or add new ones via the Recommended tab. As on desktop, make sure “Twitter Circle” is selected and you’re good to go. You can switch between modes, but Twitter remembers your last choice on each device.
If you’re on desktop and want to view your Circle members without composing a tweet, click the More link in the left menu panel and choose Twitter Circle. On the mobile app, tap your profile in the top right corner and choose Twitter Circle. Check regularly who is part of it.
Perfect for staying in small groups
This new option also works with the existing protected account option, which means that none of your tweets are visible to those who are not on an approved list of your followers. You can always use a Twitter Circle on a protected account to limit who sees a subsection of your tweets.
If you find yourself included in a Circle and you do not want to be part of it, you do not have many options, you will have to use the classic unfollow, block or mute, if these tweets do not interest you not.