Twitter's 'Trusted Friends' are now your 'Flock' with a 150-person limit but still no release schedule

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What you need to know

  • Twitter's Trusted Friends feature is now Flock.
  • People can put up to 150 people into their flocks.
  • There is no timescale on when this new feature will be available.

Twitter pre-announced a feature called Trusted Friends last year that would allow people to send tweets to a specific group of people. Now that feature has a new name, but we still don't know when we will be able to use it.

Twitter is now calling Trusted Friends something new — Flock, according to code found in the current app by Alessandro Paluzzi and reported by Input. The name change makes sense, with the code spelunking also outing a new 150-person limit on the number of people that can be part of a flock. Why Twitter didn't go with 140 people, I'll never know.

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It's also important to note that people will not be told when they have been removed from a flock, according to the report. They will get one when they have been added to a flock however, so keep that in mind.

The whole feature feels similar to one that Instagram offers that allows close friends to see content but not the rest of their followers. We can expect Flock to work in much the same way.

Unfortunately, there is no timeline for when any of this will be made available and you will of course have to use the official Twitter app if you want to take advantage of Flock and similar features. The Twitter app isn't the best iPhone app for actually using Twitter in many people's eyes, but it's the only way to get Twitter's exclusive features and that seems unlikely to change any time soon.

Oliver Haslam
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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.

1 Comment
  • Not a big twitter user, but Flock seems a better name than Trusted Friends. Who really has 150 Trusted Friends? If you say something to 150 people and caveat it with 'this stays between us', rest assured, it's getting out.