About Twitter Circle

Twitter Circle is a way to send Tweets to select people, and share your thoughts with a smaller crowd. You choose who’s in your Twitter Circle, and only the individuals you’ve added can reply to and interact with the Tweets you share in the circle. 

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When should I choose Twitter Circle?

Choose Twitter Circle when you want the flexibility and control to send Tweets to a smaller group.

 

Who can be in a Twitter Circle

Twitter Circle allows you to Tweet to a smaller audience of your choice. Anyone on Twitter can be added to a circle, even if they don’t follow someone. Once in the circle, they’ll be able to see Tweets and replies shared in that circle.

 

How many people can I include in my Twitter Circle?

You can include up to 150 people in your Twitter Circle.

 

Can I have more than one Twitter Circle?

You can only have one Twitter Circle.

 

Who can see the people in my Twitter Circle?

Only you can see the full list of people in your Twitter Circle. Although people won’t see a list of circle members, when someone likes or replies to a Twitter Circle Tweet you share, members see your interaction, unless your account is protected. If someone in your Twitter Circle keeps a protected account, only their followers who are also in your Twitter Circle will see their interaction.

 

Who can see my Twitter Circle Tweets?

People who are currently in your Twitter Circle can see any Twitter Circle Tweets you’ve shared as well as any non-protected replies to those Tweets. If a circle member keeps a protected account, only their followers who are in your Twitter Circle can see their replies.

Your friend’s Twitter Circle will not be able to see any part of the conversation unless your circles share common members.

 

Can I edit my Twitter Circle Tweets?

Twitter Circle Tweets can’t be edited. 

Note: If you’re part of the limited test group with access to the Edit Tweet feature, you’ll only be able to Edit the Tweets you compose and send with the audience set to Everyone.  

 

Is Twitter Circle the same as Twitter Communities?

Twitter Communities offers people a dedicated place to connect, share, and get closer to the discussions they care about most with anyone on Twitter.

Twitter Circle is for sharing the Tweets you only want to share with the people you choose to see them.

 

Can circle members share Twitter Circle Tweets?

People in your Twitter Circle can’t use the Retweet icon to share your Twitter Circle Tweets on Twitter, or in their own Twitter Circle. 

Please remember that your Twitter Circle members can still download, capture and / or re-share images or screenshots of your Twitter Circle content.

 

How is Twitter Circle different from having a protected account?

Setting your account to protected status, means only your followers can see Tweets you share each time you compose and send a Tweet. You update this setting once, and it remains in place until you turn it off. 

With Twitter Circle you choose your audience each time you compose a Tweet. You’ll have the option to send one Tweet to your circle and the next to all your followers. 

 

What if I don’t want to use Twitter Circle?

You can always choose the audience you want to Tweet to. If you want to send a regular Tweet, you can choose “Everyone” in the composer.

 

Can I leave a Twitter Circle?

We suggest trying any of the following if you don’t wish to view someone’s Twitter Circle Tweets:

 

Unfollow: If you already follow the person who added you to their Twitter Circle, unfollowing them will remove you from their circle. However, they can re-add you to their circle later even if you don’t re-follow them. 

 

Block: Blocking someone will remove you from their circle.  As with any block, you will no longer see their content on your Home Timeline.  

Unblocking the person who added you to their circle will allow them to re-add you to their circle.

 

Mute: Anyone in a circle can mute the the author or the conversation if they don’t wish to see their circle Tweets.

 

What happens to my Twitter Circle Tweets if I choose to deactivate my Twitter account?

Just like regular Tweets, your Twitter Circle Tweets will become unavailable if you ever choose to deactivate your account. 

What to expect

All content posted in a Twitter Circle still falls within the Twitter Rules. If you feel that a Tweet or reply in a circle you’re part of goes against the platform rules, you can report it as you normally would. Read more about How to report abusive behavior on Twitter.

 

Note: If you feel someone reported your Tweet or reply in a Twitter Circle in error, and your account is locked or suspended, you can file an appeal

 

What can I expect when I create a Twitter Circle?

Twitter Circle is for the times when you want to choose the audience you share your Tweet with. In your Twitter Circle, you control who can see the conversation.

  • Create and share some Tweets to your existing audience, and others just for the people in your Twitter Circle.
  • You can edit your Twitter Circle whenever you want. People you remove won’t be notified of the change, and they won’t continue to see or interact with your Twitter Circle Tweets.
  • Your Tweets should continue to follow the platform guidelines stated in the Twitter Rules, and you can report abusive behavior that breaks the Twitter Rules
  • Only people currently in your Twitter Circle can see the Tweets you’ve sent to your circle.

 

 

What can I expect when someone adds me to their Twitter Circle?

When you’re in someone’s Twitter Circle, you can see and reply to Tweets they share with the circle. If you have a protected account, your reply is only seen by others in the circle who also follow you.

You can’t directly leave a Twitter Circle, but unfollowing or blocking the author will remove you from their Twitter Circle. However, unblocking the author at a later time allows them to re-add you to their circle even if you don’t re-follow them.

You can also mute the author or the conversation if you don’t want to view their Twitter Circle Tweets.


You’ll set up, add, and remove people from your Twitter Circle from the main menu or with the edit button that appears when you choose Twitter Circle as the audience of a Tweet you’re composing. For help managing your Twitter Circle, follow the instructions below. 

 

 
How to create and manage your Twitter Circle

 

You’ll set and manage your Twitter Circle from your Tweet composer or the main menu. Whenever you need to add or remove someone, people won’t be notified that you've made a change, and you’re the only person who can see the full list of people in your Twitter Circle.

Get started with setting up, adding, and removing people from your Twitter Circle with the edit button that appears when you choose Twitter Circle as the audience of a Tweet you’re composing. For help managing your Twitter Circle, follow the instructions below. 

 

  1. Tap on the compose icon  to open your Tweet composer.
  2. Tap Public or All Followers to display the Choose audience menu within the Tweet composer. 
  3. Tap Edit next to the Twitter Circle option. 
  4. Under Edit your Twitter Circle, use search to find and choose people you want in your circle or select someone from the Recommended list. Tap Add/Remove next to their name.
  5. Tap Done and continue drafting your Tweet. 
  6. Now, when you select Tweet, only your Twitter Circle can view and reply to the Tweet you created. 

To manage your Twitter Circle from the main menu: 

  1. Tap Twitter Circle
  2. Under Edit your Twitter Circle, use search to find and choose people you want in your circle or select someone from the recommended list. Tap Add/Remove next to their name.

Note: On Twitter for iOS you can also add someone to your Twitter Circle directly from a Tweet or reply. To do this, tap the more icon and select Add to Twitter Circle

How to share a Tweet with your Twitter Circle
 

You’ll share Twitter Circle Tweets the same way you send public Tweets. After you open the Tweet composer, select Public or All Followers to display the Choose Audience menu. Select Twitter Circle as the audience, then compose and share your Tweet. 

 

You’ll manage your Twitter Circle from your Tweet composer or the main menu. Whenever you need to add or remove someone, people won’t be notified that you've made a change, and you’re the only person who can see the full list of people in your Twitter Circle.

Get started with setting up, adding, and removing people from your Twitter Circle with the edit button that appears when you choose Twitter Circle as the audience of a Tweet you’re composing. For help managing your Twitter Circle, follow the instructions below. 

 

 

To manage your Twitter Circle from the main menu: 

  1. Tap Twitter Circle
  2. Under Edit your Twitter Circle, use search to find and choose people you want in your circle or select someone from the recommended list. Tap Add/Remove next to their name.

Note: On Twitter for Android, you can also add someone to your Twitter Circle directly from a Tweet or reply. To do this, tap the more icon and select Add to Twitter Circle

 

  1. Tap on the compose icon  to open your Tweet composer.
  2. Tap Everyone to display the Choose audience menu within the Tweet composer. 
  3. Tap Edit next to the Twitter Circle option. 
  4. Under Edit your Twitter Circle, use search to find and choose people you want in your circle or select someone from the Recommended list. Tap Add/Remove next to their name.
  5. Tap the back arrow icon  to continue drafting your Tweet. 
  6. Now, when you select Tweet, only your Twitter Circle can view and reply to the Tweet you created. 
How to share a Tweet with your Twitter Circle
 

 

You’ll share Twitter Circle Tweets the same way you send public Tweets. After you open the Tweet composer, select Everyone to display the Choose Audience menu. Select Twitter Circle as the audience, then compose and share your Tweet. 

 

You’ll manage your Twitter Circle from your Tweet composer or the main menu. Whenever you need to add or remove someone, people won’t be notified that you've made a change, and you’re the only person who can see the full list of people in your Twitter Circle.

Get started with setting up, adding, and removing people from your Twitter Circle with the edit button that appears when you choose Twitter Circle as the audience of a Tweet you’re composing. For help managing your Twitter Circle, follow the instructions below. 

 

 

To manage your Twitter Circle from the main menu: 

  1. Tap Twitter Circle
  2. Under Edit your Twitter Circle, use search to find and choose people you want in your circle or select someone from the recommended list. Tap Add/Remove next to their name.
  1. From the main menu, select Tweet to open the Tweet composer. 
  2. Select Everyone to display the Choose audience menu within the Tweet composer.
  3. Select Edit next to the Twitter Circle option. 
  4. Under Edit your Twitter Circle, use search to find and choose people you want in your circle or select someone from the Recommended list. Select Add/Remove next to their name. 
  5. Click on the X to continue drafting your Tweet.
  6. Now, when you select Tweet, only your Twitter Circle can view and reply to the Tweet you created. 
How to share a Tweet with your Twitter Circle
 

You’ll share Twitter Circle Tweets the same way you send public Tweets. After you open the Tweet composer, select Everyone to display the Choose Audience menu. Select Twitter Circle as the audience, then compose and share your Tweet.