With the hashtag “Circle,” Twitter is experimenting tweets for a narrower circle.

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The “Circle” function essentially goes against Twitter’s primary idea, as it only allows tweets to be shared in a smaller circle.


Twitter is experimenting with a feature that goes against one of the service’s core principles: Tweets can only be shared in a smaller circle when using the “Circle” function. Twitter justified the move by saying, “Not every tweet is intended for everyone.”

“Circle” makes it easy to have private chats and form closer bonds with a small number of people. A “circle” can have up to 150 users.

Twitter has always operated in such a way that tweets are essentially public and visible to everyone. Direct messaging between users and the option to make all tweets from an account available exclusively to those approved by the profile owner are the only two exceptions thus far.

Twitter clarified that tweets published in a “circle” cannot be retweeted or shared. According to the company, the feature would be provided to a limited number of people worldwide at first.

Elon Musk, the tech billionaire, is trying to acquire Twitter. He believes that the service imposes excessive restrictions on free speech on the site. Musk and the board of directors of Twitter have agreed to a deal for roughly 44 billion dollars, but he still needs enough stockholders to want to sell him their shares. The deal is expected to be completed by the end of the year, according to Twitter and Musk.