What is Twitter Circle and should I use it?

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Twitter makes it easy to express your thoughts for all to see. However, you may not always want exhibit your followers to see each just tweet. That’s where a feature called “Twitter Circle” comes into play.

For a long time, Twitter essentially only had one way to limit your tweet’s audience: make your account private. However, that still doesn’t give you controls for individual tweets. Let’s take a look at how Twitter Circle improves the situation.

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What is the Twitter circle?

The closest equivalent of Twitter Circle on other social networks is Instagram’s “Close Friends” feature. It’s a way to send tweets to a smaller crowd of select people.

The concept is quite simple, actually. You create a Twitter Circle of up to 150 people, and then only those people can read and interact with the tweets you share with the Circle. All typical visibility rules for accounts still apply.

Legend of the Twitter Circle.
The message you see when you’re in someone’s Circle.

That means you can add an account that isn’t following you to the Circle, but they still won’t see your tweets because they aren’t following you. Also, you can add private accounts, but you still won’t be able to see their answers in the Circle if you haven’t been allowed to follow them.

Think of your Twitter Circle as a private instance of Twitter. All the same rules that apply to Twitter as a whole still apply. You only get one Twitter circle and no one is notified if you add or remove it.

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How is Twitter Circle different from Twitter Communities?

If you’re familiar with Twitter, you might think of Circle as a lot like another feature called “Communities.” They look similar, but are actually quite different.

Twitter communities are private groups, while the Twitter Circle is simply a way to limit who sees your tweets. The big difference is the visibility rules we mentioned earlier.

When you share something in a Twitter community, everyone in the group can see it and reply to it. Tweets to your Circle are just like any other tweet, but you decide who has the ability to see them. That doesn’t mean they Will see the tweet.

How to use the Twitter circle

Twitter will walk you through setting up your Circle the first time you try to use it. To get started, open the Compose Tweet screen and tap “Everyone” to choose your audience.

Note: Twitter Circle started rolling out in May 2022. If you don’t see the Circle option, you’ll have to wait to get it.

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Next, tap “Twitter Circle” in the menu.

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A menu with information about Twitter Circle will appear. Tap “Got it” to continue.

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You can now search for and “Add” people to your Twitter circle. Tap “Done” in the top right corner when you’re ready.

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You will now return to the Compose Tweet screen and see that it shows “Twitter Circle” as your audience. Write and send the tweet as you normally would!

Send a tweet to the Circle.

To add or remove people from your Circle, follow the steps above and you will now see an “Edit” button in the “Choose Audience” menu.

Edit the Twitter Circle.

That’s all there is to Twitter Circles. It’s just a way to limit who can see your tweets, but it’s not a private group. Facebook has similar options when you’re sharing a post. Twitter has some cool features that you may not know about, but Circle is a good option to use.

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