Twitter will soon let you control who can reply to your tweets

What you need to know

  • Twitter will let you limit who can interact with your tweets with a new feature test in a bid to promote healthy discussion on the platform.
  • You'll be able to prevent people who you don't follow from retweeting or replying to your tweet directly.
  • The changes will roll out later this year.

Twitter is making changes to its platform to make tweeting less anxiety fraught for users. As per Mashable, the firm wants to improve what it dubs as conversational health on the platform. Essentially, Twitter is adding a new set of options that will let you choose who can reply to your tweet before sending it.

Twitter calls this feature "conversation dynamics." With this, you'll be able to take control of how your tweet is disseminated across the platform, limiting it to one of four classes of users.

  • Global - The current setting, everyone who sees the tweet can reply.
  • Group - People who you follow, i.e people who you already want to listen to, as well as people you mention in the tweet can respond.
  • Panel - You'll be able to mention any user you'd like to respond, and only they will be able to reply to the tweet.
  • Nobody - Exactly what it says on the tin.

While everyone would still be able to quote tweet the account should it be public, this feature would keep the main reply thread under control. Twitter says it'll be testing it later this year in select markets.

Twitter conversational dynamics

Source: Twitter (Image credit: Source: Twitter)

If this concept sounds familiar, it's because it's not a new idea. Consider Facebook, the platform lets you share updates on your Newsfeed to different audiences which such precision that a different person could visit your feed each day and see a different side of you. Instagram doesn't have as much granular control, but you can stop people from commenting on certain pictures.

In essence, you could say that conversational health on social media is a solved problem. Twitter just needs to implement it.

Twitter: Everything you need to know

Michael Allison
  • Twitter's biggest problem on this front is the orange troll in the White House. Doesn't get much uglier than that 🤡
  • I was just about to say that...
  • Lol I'm pretty sure he brings them a ton of money.
  • Trump brings in a ton of traffic to Twitter through his millions of followers, so he's not a real problem for them. He's only a problem for the woke crew who can't handle what he says.
  • Yep, because having a 10 year old running the country is AWESOME.
  • I said ON THIS FRONT. The article isn't talking about how Twitter makes or can make money. But that's ok, like Trump the MAGA flock has trouble reading. 🐑
  • Government officials can't block or censor anyone. It was ruled on by a judge. Look it up if you don't believe me. Trump is not allowed to block any followers.
  • Awesome, it's fun watching him be triggered on the daily!
  • It sounds like a good idea but it's also likely going to result in misinformation spreading much easier when people lose the ability to reply and call it out.
  • I can also see various "journalists" and elected representatives turning off replies so that no-one can call out their bad takes (which can also include spreading misinformation as mentioned earlier).
  • You are absolutely correct. It will allow journalists and just people in general to spout off any BS they like and not be called out or have their ideas challenged. It's a giant safe space for our sissified snowflakes. I don't mess with Twitter and this is just another pathetic reason why I don't care too.
  • Is there a bigger 'snowflake ' on earth than Trump?? He constantly whines and complains and plays the victim. It's so pathetic. I don't know how anyone can stomach listening to prez Bonespurs drone on and on in his self pitying diatribes at his white nationalist rallies. and if he had his way, there would be no journalists or news media to monitor him. Such a corrupt slimeball. and MAGA snowflake.