Twitter admitted Thursday that it has begun testing a new feature that allows users to limit who can reply to tweets. This feature was first noted earlier this year. Similar to the Facebook post viewing settings, the current approach is to have a small glove icon in the corner. Tap it and a “Who can reply?” “Windows.
From there, the user can choose one of three options. Everyone, the people you follow, and the people you only mention. If you select any of the latter, the reply function of all those who do not meet the description will be grayed out. They can view, like, and forward, but they can’t directly reply to the sender. The thread itself acknowledges that the reply is limited.
Only “limited groups” can now use the test, although anyone with a Twitter account can view the conversation. With it still in test mode, there is no guarantee that this will become a universal feature, but Twitter says the feature was introduced to “give people more opportunities to engage and also give people control over the conversations they start.” “
Suzanne Xie, Twitter’s product management director, referred to the “Reply Guys” phenomenon in a post announcing the feature. One of Twitter’s biggest strengths and weaknesses over platforms such as Facebook is its openness. Anyone and everyone can reply directly to a tweet — and that’s not always ideal for the sender. Regardless of the subject matter, the response often turns into an “ocean” of abusive responses. Until now, the only way to limit them was to lock an account.
The move is another attempt by Twitter to revise its responses, including thread responses. It is clear that this issue has become a top priority for the service in recent years. So far, the response has been…. The mixed feelings are mixed. At least in terms of responses on tweets announcing the new feature.