Twitter reinstates Google Circles for all users, and the Android app now allows text selection

Twitter Circles, which resurrected the name and broad concept of Google’s Circles, were first introduced earlier this year. Circles are now being extensively distributed to everyone.

Twitter Circles: What Are They? The goal here is to send tweets to a specific audience rather than the broad public, as we discussed back in May. A Circle can contain up to 150 users, and tweets sent there cannot be forwarded or retweeted. Even replies are private, and these tweets have a noticeable badge underneath them.

explains Twitter:

You now have the choice to share your Tweet with either your circle or all of your followers before you post on Twitter. You can change who is in and out of a circle at any time, and it can hold up to 150 people. No one will be informed of any modifications you make to your circle, so don’t worry.

Although the privacy settings are a little more restrictive, Google Circles is quite similar to how this works. The now-defunct social media platform allowed users to organize their contacts into Circles, where posts could be seen secretly if the user so desired.

According to Twitter, users who have been testing Circles over the past few months have reported feeling more at ease when tweeting, as well as a reduction in the amount of time spent switching between private and public settings and, in some cases, the need for additional accounts.

Twitter Circles are currently available in several places on Android, iOS, and the web.

Additionally, Twitter is making text selection available on its Android app. Selecting text was previously only available in testing, but according to writer Dylan Roussel, Twitter for Android is now generally spreading out the feature. This takes the place of the long-press motion used to copy a tweet’s whole text.

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