It’s been a little over a year since we first heard about Twitter’s plans to create a more intimate Trusted Friends experience. Since then, the feature has evolved into Twitter Circle, which was in beta until now. Twitter has finally made it available to everyone, giving users a new way to interact with friends, family and followers.
The intent of Twitter Circle is to create a more intimate experience and allow users to build better connections with those on Twitter. To start a circle, users start writing a tweet as normal. But instead of making the tweet public, there is an option to send it to your circle. You can create a circle by inviting anyone you want to Twitter, they don’t have to follow you and you don’t have to follow them either. You can invite up to 150 people in one circle, and this is important because from now on each user is limited to just one circle. Inside the circle, everything you tweet remains private. This also applies to any comments or reactions that come in. While tweets within a Circle cannot be shared or retweeted, there is a possibility that a screenshot can still be taken.
Despite being an intimate space, users in a Circle cannot see how they joined. This list is only available to the circle creator. Moreover, the creator has the option to add and remove users at any time, and the deleted users will not be notified. Also, as of right now, there isn’t really a great way to leave a Twitter circle once you’re a member. Twitter suggests one of three options, all of which, frankly, are bad. For now, if you want to leave a Twitter Circle, you need to unfollow, mute, or block the person who invited you. Now you can see where this can cause a problem. However, once any of the previous actions have been processed, you will either be removed from the Circle, or you will no longer see communication within the Circle. If you want to continue communicating with that person, you will most likely want to unblock, unmute, or follow back. That said, Twitter Circle is now available for those using Android, iOS, and the web.