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‘Close friends’ feature on Twitter might share tweets with up to 150 users.



Twitter’s new functionality would allow you to share tweets with a select set of individuals  (via Input)..

initially teased the feature, which was dubbed “Trusted Friends” at the time, in July. Alessandro Paluzzi, a mobile developer, has been following Twitter’s growth since then, and it’s now beginning to take form.

Unlike Instagram’s Close Friends feature which allows you to do the same thing — but in Twitter’s case, you’ll be restricting your tweets to your “Flock.”

Paluzzi’s most recent findings give us some insight into how the feature might operate — seems to be working on a page that shows more information on Flock, which explains you can add up to 150 members. Only these users can view or reply to tweets sent out to your Flock. And in case you decide you don’t want someone in your Flock anymore, Twitter notes you can remove people from your list at any time, and they won’t get a notification.

If you’re in someone’s Flock and they send out a tweet, Paluzzi noticed a label that may appear beneath that tweet, reading: “You can see this Tweet because the author has added you to their Flock.” This should make it easy to distinguish between close friends versus everyone else you follow on Twitter. To send a tweet to your Flock, it looks like will display an audience option before you send it out, letting you choose between all of and your selected users.

Twitter launched invite-only Communities back in September, a similar feature that lets you connect with users with shared interests. Just like you can limit your tweets to your Flock, you can send out tweets to a specific Community rather than all your followers. It’s still unclear when Twitter’s “close friends”-like feature will reach all users, but, hopefully, it won’t flop like Fleets.

“Twitter is always working on new ways to help people engage in healthy conversations, and we’re currently exploring ways to let people share more privately,” Twitter spokesperson Tatiana Britt told The Verge. “We don’t have any further news to share about the feature at this time, but we can confirm ‘Twitter Flock’ is just a placeholder name.”

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