With Twitter you can limit tweets to trusted friends
With Twitter you can limit tweets to trusted friends

Twitter shared three key design concepts to accommodate the new features added to their service.

The Trusted Friends option allows users to limit the audience of selected Tweets to a smaller circle of close friends.

And with Facets, you can rate tweets as they're being sent. The service is also considering allowing users to include certain phrases in their responses that they don't want to see.

According to Twitter, these ideas are still in their early stages and none are currently in active development.

Many Twitter users have multiple accounts to separate their work and personal life. Usually one is private to prevent personal data from being shared publicly. But features like Trusted Friends and Faces can achieve the same functionality from just one account.

Trusted friends can provide a toggle option that lets you decide if you want the Tweet to be public or just a friend (similar to Instagram's close friend feature).

The interfaces provide more control and theoretically allow you to categorize tweets as professional and personal, as a hobby, or as specific interests.

The platform says: You may be able to follow someone because they Tweeted a topic. There is no need to trace its history as a whole.

Twitter is developing new functions

The latest feature offered allows you to choose specific phrases that you don't want to see in replies to Tweets. Subscribers will then see these highlighted sentences and warnings not to use that language.

In one typical screenshot from Twitter, the word "Jerk" is marked with a disclaimer.

Although Twitter says people can ignore these instructions, the Tweet writer may choose to move these offensive responses to the end of the conversation.

Twitter warned that it is not currently developing any of these features. Instead, she hopes that posting a tweet as soon as possible will help the company get feedback on its early plans.

Last month, Twitter privacy designer Dominic Camusi tweeted a similar feature that allows users to not mention it when referring to it in conversations.

A few weeks ago, the company started publicly testing the new Tip-Jar-Tipp feature, and people discovered that when using PayPal, it could display the sender's home address to the recipient.

While the problem is technically caused by PayPal rather than Twitter, critics believe that social media should give more warnings when users use payment features.

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