Twitter is allowing a small percentage of users try a new feature — tweet reply limits — that helps allow them to control conversations…
Social microblog Twitter is underway with a new experiment. The company is giving a small portion of its users the power to limit replies to their tweets. Ostensibly, this will help people better take control of their conversations and to avoid trolls.
Twitter Reply Limits Test goes Live
The new tweet reply limit tool lets users place certain restrictions on reactions to their posts. Users can limit replies to everyone, people they follow, or users mentioned in the tweet. (If no one is mentioned in the tweet, then no one can reply to the post.)
Twitter explains this is intended to limit harassment on its platform and improve conversations. However, if made available to everyone, then public figures could block users from commenting. Susan Xie, Director of Product Management for Twitter writes:
“Twitter is where you go to see and talk about what’s happening. But sometimes, unwanted replies make it hard to have meaningful conversations. (Ahem, reply guys.) Since last year, we’ve been working to give people more control over their conversations starting with the ability to hide replies. We also began trying out new ways to start conversations with casual, fleeting thoughts. And now, we’re testing new settings that let you choose who can reply to your Tweet and join your conversation.”