Twitter for Mac gains Circle support in latest app update

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What you need to know

  • Twitter for Mac now supports Circle.
  • People can now use the official Twitter app to post to their Circle for the first time.
  • Tweets posted to Circles are now properly marked.

The latest Twitter for Mac update adds support for the new Circle feature, adding support for the close friends option that was rolled out to some users recently.

The new Circle feature allows users to effectively have a separate timeline that is just for close friends, preventing the rest of their follower list from seeing what was published to the social network. While the previous version of Twitter for Mac would continue to show all tweets, including those that were part of Circle, they weren't marked as such. People couldn't post to their Circle, either. With this latest version 9.10.1, that's all changed.

Here's how Twitter describes Circle:

Twitter Circle is a way to send Tweets to select people, and share your thoughts with a smaller crowd. You choose who's in your Twitter Circle, and only the individuals you've added can reply to and interact with the Tweets you share in the Circle.

However, as mentioned earlier, "only a limited number of people globally can create Twitter Circle Tweets" right now but that will surely change in the future.

Those who already have Twitter installed on their Mac will see the new update available for download in the App Store. Everyone else can download the app now for free.

While Twitter is perhaps not the best Mac app for using the social network, it's the only one that supports features like Circle, at least for now.

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.