Amid global furore over social media companies, Twitter unveiled a new feature to allow users to go ahead with meaning conversations on the platfrom. As part of this today onwards individuals can test new settings that let users choose who can reply to their Tweet and join their conversation.
In a blogpost, Twitter announced that the platform is where people go to see and talk about what’s happening. “But sometimes, unwanted replies make it hard to have meaningful conversations. (Ahem, reply guys.) And now, we’re testing new settings that let you choose who can reply to your Tweet and join your conversation,” states the blog post.
The social media giants move comes at a time when it is working to give people more control over their conversations starting with the ability to hide replies. Twitter also began trying out new ways to start conversations with casual, fleeting thoughts.
As per the new feature, before Tweeting users will be able to choose who can reply with three options: everyone (standard Twitter, and the default setting), only people you follow, or only people you mention. Tweets with the latter two settings 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.
According to the blogpost of Twitter, only a limited group of people globally on Twitter for iOS, Android, and twitter.com can Tweet with these settings, but everyone can see these conversations.