Twitter is continuously working on providing new updates to its users around the world. A few weeks ago, it introduced the feature of Instagram stories like fleets in India that stay on the profile for 24 hours. Thriving to give more control to its users, Twitter is on a roll as a social media giant. Recently, Twitter has released a new update that will enable you to choose who can reply to the tweets that you make (and who can’t!) This new update is now available for every Twitter user across the globe.
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— Twitter (@Twitter) May 12, 2020
Since May, the talk related to Twitter’s new update was viral as it was made available to only selected people. Last week, for a brief moment, Twitter quietly made this feature of controlling replies available on an update to every iOS user. But a short time later, it was confirmed that it was released by an error, and no such feature is going to be launched anytime soon.
But here it is! Up and running. On the 11th of August, Tuesday morning, Twitter gave the power to all its users to decide who can, and who can’t, reply to their tweets. However, users who are restricted from replying to your tweets will still be able to view, retweet, retweet with a comment, like, and share your tweets.
How does Twitter’s new reply limit setting work?
Let’s take a look at how you can utilize this feature and limit unwanted twitter users from leaving a reply on your tweets.
There are three ways you can choose who can reply to your tweets:
- Everyone (the default setting)
- The people you follow
- The people you mention in the tweet.
Tweets that have the last two settings will be labeled and the reply icon will turn grey for the people who are restricted to reply to it. Again, those who can’t reply will still be able to view, retweet, and share your tweet as usual.
- Open Twitter on your phone or desktop. A small globe icon will start to appear below your tweet. You can click it and all the three options stated above will pop-up. Once you select the option you want, compose your tweet and tap tweet.
- If you do nothing, everyone will be able to reply.
- Once you publish the tweet, you will not be able to change the reply settings.
- If you select the third option and don’t tag anybody, it’s also a way to broadcast a tweet or a tweet thread without any reply.
How to choose who you can reply to on Twitter?
- Inside the composition screen, you can see the people you’re going to reply to in the conversation. There, click on the ‘Replying to’ option. It will open up the editing screen where you will be able to see the list of people who are a part of the conversation.
- You can simply type the twitter handle (username) of people whom you want to add in the conversation. To remove people, select the checkmark icon and deselect their names.
- In case you have blocked any accounts, their names will appear in the list of recipients along with a blocked indicator.
- If you want to check the number of participants in a tweet, simply check the number next to the reply icon. It will show the number of direct replies the original tweet has received.
The idea behind this new Twitter update
“More control and more meaningful conversations.”
The basic idea behind rolling out this new feature was to provide more control to Twitter users. Particularly, setting parameters around people who can reply to a tweet will help in preventing abusive and trolling replies. Thus, to increase the number of meaningful conversations and to weed out spam replies; Twitter came up with the idea where users can limit who can reply to their tweets.
The people who tweet about sensitive or political topics are typical cases that receive the maximum trolls. Now, those who want to broadcast a conversation with a specific group of people can do it without any interruptions.
Xie, the company’s director of product management, said that somethings people are more comfortable talking about things when they can control who can reply. He also added that Twitter is now seeing people using these settings to have conversations in a way that wasn’t possible before. Thus, starting this month, everyone will be able to use this feature without unwanted replies getting in the way of meaningful conversations.
Feedback of people on ‘limit replies’ feature
Xie confirmed that beta test feedback was completely positive. The people who used this feature said that they felt more comfortable and safe from spam and abusive replies on their tweets. People are using this feature to the optimum.
This feature is more of a complement to, not a replacement for, muting and blocking. 60% of people who used this setting weren’t already blocking or muting other twitter users during the test period. It was also noted that on an average, these settings prevented three abusive replies while adding one potentially abusive retweet with comment.
Some history behind this new Twitter update
The concept of limiting replies was first announced in January 2020, when Twitter’s VP of the product said that they wanted to release this feature with the primary objective of giving more control. The feature was then formally rolled out to limited test users in May and made live in August.
However, the bigger thinking process behind this feature stretches back a lot earlier. Since a long time, Twitter has been working on coming up with better ways to prevent its open-ended social platform from being exploited.
The issue comes up from Twitter’s basic DNA: The idea of anyone being able to reply to anyone else, whether the two users follow each other or not. Actually, it can be an empowering feeling when you are able to reply to someone and express your opinion on any subject. But, this open-ended aspect hasn’t always turned out to be positive.
Users who may be vulnerable or who face challenging circumstances may be signaled out for gloomy responses by others. This leads some of them in leaving Twitter’s platform completely. At a time when social media has become more influential than ever, Twitter has been on a bad outlook because of its fleeting nature, and it’s been years since it’s trying to fix this.
There have been quite a number of tweaks to reduce the amount of buzz. Last year Twitter released the ability to hide replies. And over the years the process of reporting, blocking, and muting has been improved too.
The bottom line
It is absolutely worth pointing out that Twitter has been making continuous efforts to make itself a better social platform. It wants to help users detect and report tweets that are offensive, discriminatory, abusive, or consist of fake news on twitter.
And this the most important point over here. This limit replies feature is a clear positive step for the platform, a baby step in improving the climate of twitter overall. A long journey still has to be made yet!
What do you think? Is this new update by Twitter going to be useful for you or not?