Twitter could soon let you send tweets to 'Trusted Friends' instead of your followers

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What you need to know

  • Twitter is testing a Trusted Friends feature that would send tweets that only specific people can see.
  • The feature is almost like a group DM, but in your timeline.

Twitter is testing a new feature that would allow people to send tweets that only a specific group of people would be able to see. These so-called Trusted Friends would be specified by the user, allowing them complete control over who can see specific tweets. Everyone who follows a user, but isn't a Trusted Friend, would never know the tweet existed,

According to a TechCrunch report, the feature could be used to prevent your followers from having to see tweets about things that don't interest them — like a specific TV show, for example.

Twitter Trusted Friends

Twitter Trusted Friends (Image credit: Twitter)

With the proposed Trusted Friends feature, users could tweet to a group of their own choosing. This could be a way to use Twitter with real-life friends, or some other small network of people you know more personally. Perhaps you could post a tweet that only your New York friends could see when you wanted to let them know you were in town. Or maybe you could post only to those who share your love of a particular TV show, sporting event or hobby.

Twitter is only testing this feature right now and there is no telling whether it will ever be rolled out to its entire userbase, but it's interesting to see the idea being thought about. It's almost like a reverse Twitter list, of sorts. I presume you'd also need to be using the official Twitter app for any of this to work — something I'm not sure I can do. I don't think it's unfair to say that it isn't the best iPhone app around despite its improvement of late.

Twitter continues to tweak its core experience, not always for the better. It's now much more open about what it's working on however, and I'm absolutely here for it.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.