Twitter started testing Circle with a limited group earlier this month, and now it looks like it’s starting to roll out to more users (via android police† The feature is very similar to Instagram’s Close Friends in that it allows users to send tweets to a specific group of people instead of all of Twitter.
To check if you can access Twitter Circle, update your Twitter app or visit Twitter in a web browser. When you start composing a tweet, you’ll see a drop-down menu at the top that says Everybody† From here you can choose: Twitter circle to restrict your tweet to a select audience, or you can click edit to add or remove people from your circle. Twitter does not notify users if you add or remove them.
You can add up to 150 users to your circle, whether they follow you or not. Users in your circle will see a note added to Circle-only tweets (and vice versa), which reads: “Only people in @[yourusername]’s Twitter Circle can see this tweet.” Tweeting to your Circle is almost like having a private account, only certain tweets are privatized instead of restricting access to your entire profile.
The people in your circle can’t retweet anything you post, but they can still take a screenshot and download your tweets. It’s also important to remember that Twitter’s Community Guidelines still apply even if you’re sending your tweets to a smaller audience.
While it seems like more users are getting access to the feature, Twitter spokesperson Joseph Nunez told: The edge it is still in testing. “We are currently still testing Twitter Circle with a group of people across iOS, Android and the web worldwide,” Nunez said. “The feature has not yet been widely rolled out to everyone as we continue to collect feedback.”
At this point, it’s unclear how many people currently have access to Circle. It resembles Lake users (myself included) finally see the feature pop up when they start composing a tweet, but some users report still not having access.
Update May 28, 5:27 PM ET: Updated to add a statement from a Twitter spokesperson and to indicate that Circle hasn’t rolled out to everyone yet.