Don’t wanna start a discourse? Now you don’t have to.
I think part of the reason I don’t use social media much on my own time is because I don’t really feel like instigating a long, drawn-out conversation with random people on random topics. I’d rather have a long, drawn-out conversation with people I know on random topics, because that way I can smack them upside the head next time I see them in person. Twitter, in particular, leaves the floodgates open for any John Rando to wander in and start leaving hot takes on all of your tweets. If you’re tired of that (and specifically use Twitter on an iPhone), then you don’t have to deal with it anymore.
Since May, Twitter has been testing a new reply limit feature that would allow you a modicum of control over who gets to comment on your posts. Today, that feature released in full for the iOS Twitter app.
“In May, we tested a new way to have a chat with exactly who you want, so you can create and consume more meaningful changes,” reads the update on the App Store. “Now, everyone can try this new feature and choose who can reply to their tweets.”
It’s pretty simple to use; when you’re composing a tweet, there’s now a little box over the text editor that says “everyone can reply.” Tap that, and you’ll get a selection of three options for replies: everyone on Twitter can reply, only people you personally follow can reply, or only people you tag in the body of the tweet can reply. Bear in mind, this won’t set a default; you’ll need to re-select your preference for each new tweet.
No word yet if and when this feature will come to the Android and Desktop versions of Twitter, though it’d be pretty silly if it didn’t.