Latest Twitter for Mac update adds support for ‘Circle’ feature

Twitter officially launched its “Circle” close friends feature to the public this month, so users can have an “alternate timeline for trusted friends.” While Circle was only available in Twitter’s mobile app and website, the feature has now come to the Mac version of the Twitter app.

While Mac users could already see tweets shared with a circle, there was no label to indicate which tweets were private for close friends. Also, it was not possible to post a new tweet to your circle from the macOS app.

Fortunately, the latest update to the official Twitter app for Mac (version 9.10.1) adds support for circles, just like on the iPhone, iPad, and web. Now, Mac users will see a green tag on tweets shared with Circle, and they can finally post new tweets to their Twitter Circle friends.

Circle is Twitter’s attempt to bring a similar experience to close friends on Instagram. Users can add up to 150 accounts to their circle, and only they will see tweets shared there. The list can be modified at any time and people deleted are not notified. To share a new tweet with your circle, simply click or tap on the “Everyone” option when creating a tweet, then choose “Twitter circle”.

Tweets from Circle will also appear differently in the timeline, so other users know they are part of this selection. It is important to note that users can only like the tweet, but not retweet it.

One thing to keep in mind is that Twitter Circle is not yet available to all users, so even if you have the latest version of the Twitter app, the feature may not be available to you.

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Steven L. Nielsen