Twitter is making its reply-limiting feature available to all users. It gives you complete control over who can reply to your tweets.
First announced as a test in May of this year, Twitter’s reply-limiting feature is now available to all users. The company’s director of product management, Suzanne Xie, writes in a blog post published Tuesday that the feature is part of the platform’s efforts to give people more control over their conversations on the platform.
“Sometimes people are more comfortable talking about what’s happening when they can choose who can reply,” Xie said in the post, adding that Twitter has seen people use the settings to have conversations that weren’t previously possible. “Starting today, everyone will be able to use these settings so unwanted replies don’t get in the way of meaningful conversations.”
Using the feature is very easy too. After composing a tweet, you will be offered three options to choose who can reply:
- everyone – the standard default setting
- only people you follow
- only people mentioned in your tweet
If you choose to limit who can reply to your tweet, the reply icon will be grayed out for anyone not allowed to reply. It is worth noting that even if they cannot reply, users will still be able to retweet, retweet with comment, or like your tweet.
According to Xie, Twitter’s research showed that people who had access to the feature felt more comfortable tweeting as they felt more protected from spam and abuse. She also added that limiting replies on tweets did not lead to an increased in direct message abuse.
Everyone can now use these settings on Twitter for iOS and Android as well as twitter.com.
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