Ebenizer Pinedo – May 20, 2020 – 22: 15 (CET)
Starting today, some Twitter users will have the opportunity to try one of the most anticipated features: limiting who can reply to your tweets.
Last January Twitter announced that Twitter was working on a function that would allow you to limit who can reply to your tweets . Well, the social network started testing this feature starting today, although only for a limited number of users. If you are one of the lucky ones selected, you will have access to the news both in the mobile application (iOS and Android) and in the desktop web version. We tell you how it works.
When writing a tweet, at the bottom you will see a new button to set your own response permissions. At the moment, Twitter offers us to choose one of the following three options: “Everyone” , “People you follow” and “Only the people you mention” . Obviously, by default “Everyone” will always be activated, so you need to intervene to change the settings of your tweet. Please note that if you want to make changes, you must do so before publishing . Once shared it will not be possible to change the configuration.
It is important to mention that the permissions only limit responses to tweets, not their display and interactions (Retweet, Retweet with comment and Like). That is, a person can read a conversation even when their replys they are restricted to their followers, to name an example. In the image below you can see that the answer button changes its color to a dimmer gray, which means that you cannot post answers.
Improve conversations, the goal of Twitter
“Twitter is where you see and talk about what is happening. But sometimes, many responses make it difficult to have deeper conversations , “says the company, and continues:” Since last year, we have worked on ways to give people more control over conversations that start by using the hide the responses feature. We're also starting to test new ways to have conversations to share casual and momentary thoughts. And from now on, we're testing new settings that let you choose who can reply to your Tweet and join your conversation. “
Will we see this feature available to everyone in the future? Surely yes, however Twitter must first evaluate its use during the test . “Being able to participate and understand what is happening is key to having valuable public conversations. Therefore, we are exploring how we can improve this setting and give people more opportunities to reflect while giving more control over conversations to those who they initiate a dialogue “, they conclude.
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