Twitter Flock could be the final version of the “trusted friends” concept, to allow users to limit the visibility of tweets





Twitter Flock could be the final version of the “Trusted Friends” feature that the microblogging network announced as a concept in July last year. It appears to allow users to have up to 150 people in a group who will all be able to see their tweets and reply to them privately. A teardown of a recent beta app from Twitter for Android also included code to suggest Flock functionality. Twitter may aim to provide an experience similar to Instagram’s “Close Friends” by offering Flock on its platform. The Instagram feature allows users to share their stories with a certain group of people instead of making them public.

Reverse engineering Alessandro Paluzzi Friday job a screenshot that suggests how Twitter Flock would work. It shows that users will be able to add up to 150 people to their Flock where they can share their content privately. Flock users will only be able to see shared tweets and reply to them from their accounts.

The screenshot shared by Paluzzi also shows that users will be able to remove anyone from their Flock. Accounts deleted from the Flock will not be notified of the deletion.

The engineer originally found the implementation of Twitter Flock as a renamed version of Trusted Friends in December. Earlier this month, Paluzzi also share a screenshot where the feature was being tested on the timeline.

XDA Developers separately reported that the teardown of Twitter for Android beta 9.27.0.2 included the strings referencing the Flock feature. The code suggested the feature would aim to allow users to limit the visibility of certain tweets to small groups.

Users who would be added to the Flock would see a message on their timeline whenever a tweet sent to their group appeared. The channels also point to the rebranding of the original Trusted Friends feature which was announced last year.

Gadgets 360 reached out to Twitter for comment on the development, and a company spokesperson responded by saying it is “currently exploring ways” to allow users to tweet in small groups.

“Twitter is always working on new ways to help people engage in healthy conversations, and we’re currently exploring ways to allow people to tweet to smaller groups. We preview this concept last year, as public feedback helps shape what we build. We have no further details to share, but more will follow soon,” the spokesperson said in a prepared statement emailed.


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Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360, New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360 and has written frequently about apps, computer security, internet services and telecommunications developments. Jagmeet is available on Twitter at @JagmeetS13 or by email at jagmeets@ndtv.com. Please send your leads and tips. Following

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