How To Use Circle, Twitter’s Version Of Close Friends

You can now share your thoughts with a smaller crew.

by Emma Carey and Bustle Editors
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Since the dawn of Instagram’s Close Friends, many users have let their green circle of trust in on a never-before-seen side of their social media presence. (AKA, a more candid persona that was previously saved for one’s private finsta.) From crying selfie stories to scraps from the photo dump’s cutting room floor, you may have been letting your freak flag fly with your select group of trusted Close Friends. Now, you can expand this circle of trust to the bird app.

On Aug. 30, Twitter announced that the feature — which the company began testing with a small group of users on May 3 — has now launched globally, so everyone on the platform will now have access to Twitter Circle.

You’ll be able to to add up to 150 people to your Twitter Circle — an audience of users who’ll be able to view certain posts. Once someone’s in your Circle, they’ll be able to see the tweets and replies shared in the Circle. If a friend in your Twitter Circle has a private account, only their followers who are also in your Circle will see their replies. And don’t worry, you’ll be able change who’s in and who’s out whenever you want — and they won’t be notified.


While you may have opted for a private Twitter, or to keep your public tweets more reserved, Twitter Circle lets you to present multiple personas on your Twitter without having to worry about who’s going to read every one of your online missives. Perhaps you love joining in on the trending meme format of the day, but aren’t ready for your boss to see your comedic chops just yet. Or you just don’t want your old acquaintances from high school to see your more candid Twitter diary entries. There’s plenty of reasons to want to limit your audience on a few select tweets.

Here’s everything you need to know about how to use Twitter Circle.

How To Use Twitter Circle

You’ll see the option to create a Circle when you compose a new Tweet and you’ll be prompted with a list of users you follow to add or remove them from your Twitter circle by tapping next to their username. You can select up to 150 users to be in your Twitter Circle, and you can edit this list at any time by heading back to “Edit your Twitter Circle” and adding or removing users as desired.

Once you’re ready to tweet to your Circle, just draft a tweet as you normally would. You’ll be able to select “Twitter Circle” to the right of your name in the drafting window. (The button is shown in green.) Then, just tap the “Tweet” button and only your Circle will be able to view or reply to your tweet.

Now, for the tough part — who’s going to be in your Circle?

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