Ever wanted to tweet something just to a limited number of people and not all your followers? Well, your wish has been granted. Twitter has introduced a new feature known as Twitter Circle that lets you tweet to a smaller group. Excited about Twitter Circles? Let’s get to know what is Twitter Circle and how to use and edit Twitter Circle on mobile and PC.
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1. What Is a Twitter Circle
Earlier, if you tweeted something, everyone who followed you could see the tweet. You could restrict the replies but visibility was still an issue. This is where Circle helps.
Twitter Circle is a feature that lets you share your thoughts with a select few people only. The tweet will only be visible to the people in your Circle. Nobody else can see it. Moreover, only the people in the Circle can interact with the tweet. It’s like a mini-protected Twitter within the main Twitter.
If you know about Instagram’s Close Friends feature, Twitter Circle is somewhat similar to that.
2. How Do You Get Twitter Circle
You will automatically receive the Twitter Circle feature on your account. Just open the tweet composer screen and you will be greeted by a pop-up window that introduces the Twitter Circle feature. If you don’t see it, make sure to update the Twitter app or reopen the browser if you are using the Twitter website.
3. Who Can Create a Twitter Circle
Anyone with a Twitter profile can create a Twitter Circle on both mobile and computer.
4. How to Use Twitter Circle
Let’s check how to create, see, or edit Twitter Circle.
How to Create Twitter Circle on Mobile
1. Open the Twitter app on your Android or iPhone.
2. Tap on your profile picture in the top-left corner of Twitter’s home screen. Choose Twitter Circle from the menu.
3. You will reach the Edit your Twitter circle screen. If it’s your first time using Twitter Circle, you will be suggested people that you can add to the Circle. Tap on the Recommended tab at the top. Then, search for the people whom you want to add to the Circle. Hit the Add button next to them.
Pro Tip: You can also create Twitter Circle from the tweet compose screen. Tap on the floating (+) Add button at the bottom. Choose Tweet from the menu. Tap on Public/Everyone at the top and press the Edit button next to Twitter Circle. Then, add people to Circle.
How to Create Twitter Circle on PC
1. Open the Twitter website and click on the More button in the left sidebar.
2. Choose Twitter Circle from the menu.
3. Click on the Recommended tab. Find the people whom you want to add. Click on the Add button next to their name.
How to Send Tweets to Twitter Circle on Mobile
1. Open the Twitter app on your Android phone or iPhone.
2. Tap on the floating (+) Add button at the bottom. Choose Tweet from the menu.
3. Tap on Public or Everyone at the top and select Twitter Circle.
4. Now, type the tweet and hit the Tweet button to publish it to the Circle.
How to Send Tweets to Twitter Circle on PC
1. Click on the What’s happening box or the tweet compose box on the main screen of Twitter.
2. Click on the Everyone drop-down box and select Twitter Circle.
3. Type the tweet and publish it using the Tweet button.
How to See and Edit Twitter Circle on Mobile
You can edit your Twitter Circle list anytime.
1. In the Twitter app, tap on your profile picture in the top-left corner. Select Twitter Circle.
2. Here you will see the people added to the Twitter Circle list. Tap the Remove button next to the person you want to remove from your Twitter Circle.
How to View and Edit Twitter Circle on PC
1. On the Twitter website, click on the More button in the sidebar.
2. Select Twitter Circle.
3. You will see the people added to the Twitter Circle. Click on the Remove button next to the person if you want to remove them from the Circle.
You can also view and edit your Twitter Circle from the tweet compose box. Click on the audience selector box that either says Everyone or Twitter Circle. Then, click the Edit button next to Twitter Circle.
You will be taken to the screen shown in step 3 where you can view and remove people from your Circle.
5. Whom Can You Add to Twitter Circle
You can add anyone to your Twitter Circle. Be it your closest friend, an acquaintance, or a celebrity. It doesn’t matter whether the person follows you or not. If their account is searchable, you can add them to your Circle.
6. Are People Notified When You Add or Remove Them From Your Circle
Twitter will not notify the users when you add or remove them from your Circle.
7. How Many People Can Be Added to Circle
You can have only one Twitter Circle per profile where you can add up to 150 people.
8. Who Can Interact With Tweets in Your Circle
Only the people added to your Circle can see the tweets and interact with them. By interaction, we mean like the tweet and reply to a tweet. The tweets published to the Circle audience cannot be retweeted. Furthermore, if someone replies to your tweet, any other user who is also added to your Circle can see that reply.
9. Who Can See the People In Your Twitter Circle
The Twitter Circle list is private. Only the creator of the Circle can see the people added to it.
10. What Happens to Screenshots in Twitter Circle
People added to your circle can take a screenshot of your tweets. Twitter won’t notify you about the screenshots.
11. What Happens to Previous Tweets
When you add someone to your Twitter Circle, they will be able to see your previous Twitter Circle Tweets.
12. How to Identify Tweets Published for a Circle
When you tweet something just for your Twitter Circle, a green badge will appear under your tweet that says “Only people in @XYZ’s Twitter Circle can see this tweet”. Both the publisher and the people included in the Circle will see this badge. That’s how a person will know that the tweet is published just for the Circle audience.
Tip: Learn how to change the Twitter source label.
13. How to Leave a Twitter Circle
If you have been added to a Circle that you do not want to be a part of, you cannot leave the Circle directly. You will either have to mute, unfollow, or block the creator of the Circle.
14. How to Send Tweets to Everyone Instead of Circle
If you want to tweet to everyone instead of just to your Circle, simply open the tweet compose box. Then, click or tap on the audience selector box that says Twitter Circle. Choose Everyone.
15. What’s the Difference Between Twitter Circle and Protected Tweets
You can protect all of your tweets by switching to a private account. That way only your followers can see and interact with your tweets. On the other hand, Twitter Circle lets you share some of your tweets with a limited number of people. So, while a private account protects all your tweets, Twitter Circle protects selected tweets only.
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That’s all about Twitter Circle. If you have been using Twitter for a while and the various icons still confuse you, find out the meaning of icons and symbols on Twitter. Also, learn how to have a blank name on Twitter.