Twitter recently made an announcement that it would be enabling a new feature that allows users to limit who is able to reply to their tweets. This decision was done to breed a healthier environment on Twitter in which users can begin having more meaningful conversations. The new feature will also help Twitter users filter out abuse, it is available now for both iOS and Android devices. TweetDeck does not yet support this feature however the desktop version of Twitter.com does.
If you’re interested in learning more about the new feature and how to use it, continue reading below.
What it means
When you make a tweet, there will be a small globe icon located at the bottom of the tweet. If you choose to do nothing, your tweets will be available for everyone to see and make a reply to. When you click on the small globe icon. at the bottom of your tweets, you’ll be able to limit replies to either just people who follow you or to those who’ve tagged you in the tweet initially.
The third click of the small globe icon will activate a mode in which it will be a broadcast tweet in which no one can reply at all. This new feature is really only beneficial to Twitter accounts that are public, as by default, private account limit who can reply to tweets by nature.
On the other end of this feature, if you’re someone trying to respond to a tweet which has been replay limited, the reply icon will be greyed out. However, you will still be able to retweet, like, and retweet with comment the tweet. This new feature has many benefits, one of the primary ones of assisting in maintaining a steady conversation flow.
Suzanne Xie was one of the first people to break the news about the new Tweet feature., and she made a statement about it in which she said: “Sometimes people are more comfortable talking about whatâ€™s happening when they can choose who can reply,Weâ€™ve seen people use these settings to have conversations that werenâ€™t really possible before. Starting today, everyone will be able to use these settings so unwanted replies donâ€™t get in the way of meaningful conversations.”
What to expect
If you’re someone who is tired of having trolls or people you don’t know reply to your tweets all the time, this new feature is definitely something that you’ll be able to enjoy. Before the feature’s release, it underwent a beta test period which showed very positive results.