In an effort to give users more control over their conversations, Twitter has today revealed that it is testing new settings that let users choose who can reply to their Tweet and join their conversation. Twitter users will soon be able to choose who can reply with three options: everyone, only people you follow, or only people you mention.
A new way to have a convo with exactly who you want. We’re starting with a small % globally, so keep your 👀 out to see it in action. pic.twitter.com/pV53mvjAVT
— Twitter (@Twitter)
If you choose the ‘only people you follow’ or ‘only people you mention’ options, your Tweets will be labeled and the reply icon will be grayed out so that it’s clear for people if they can’t reply.
People who can’t reply will still be able to view, Retweet, Retweet with Comment, and like these Tweets.
“Being able to participate and understand what’s happening is key for useful public conversation. So, we’re exploring how we can improve these settings to give people more opportunities to weigh in while still giving people control over the conversations they start.”
For now, only a limited group of people globally on Twitter for iOS, Android, and web can Tweet with these settings, but everyone can see these conversations.