Last May we echoed an important news from Twitter that, at the time it was only available to a very small sample of users: the implementation of tools that would give any tweeter the freedom to restrict who can reply to their tweets.

But, from today, “Everyone can use these settings so that unwanted responses do not interfere in their conversations,” as announced from Twitter, while explaining that their main motivation for introducing this change is that

“People feel more comfortable talking about what’s going on when they can choose who can respond to them.”

What options does this new function offer us?

But what will this change translate into and how can we use it? It’s very simple, from now on, before posting a new tweet, we can determine which public will have the ability to respond to it. The available options will be the following:

“Everyone”: The default configuration, and the same one that the tweets published until now will keep.

“Only the people you mention”: For now, it will not be possible to add new users to a conversation already started, but the company is studying changing that “in the coming months”.

“Only the people you follow”.

In the event that we choose one of the last two options, the tweet will include a ‘tag’ advising readers limitation, and the ‘reply’ icon will be grayed out for those not included in the corresponding category (which it will not prevent them from continuing, as before, making retweets and retweets with comments or to ‘like’ this kind of tweet).

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Alternative to blocking, inciter of new formats

From Twitter they wanted to highlight some of the usage trends they have observed among users who have enjoyed access to this tool at this time:

It has become “a new way to block out noise”: 60% of those who used it did not resort to ‘mute’ or ‘block’. The readers they consult more often (four times more, in fact) the new list of ‘retweets with comments’ when answers are limited. most of users have been understanding with the fact that responses to certain tweets were limited. Twitter highlights that the change has encouraged many users to experiment with formats like the interview (by allowing conversations that will not appear interrupted by other users) and launching into talking about socio-political controversies.

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