Trusted Friends as an alternative timeline for Twitter?

Twitter is working on an option to only play content to trusted friends – similar to Instagram’s “Close Friends” list. The feature could change the timeline significantly.

The timeline of the short message service Twitter could soon look different. So far, users have had the option of either having the latest tweets displayed at the top or the top tweets curated for them based on their interactions and interests. In the future, however, there could also be the option of seeing tweets at the top of the timeline that were sent by so-called Trusted Friends. Because Twitter is testing a feature that allows this and also to publish a tweet only for confidants.

Trusted Friends would make Twitter more private – but is still being tested

The Trusted Friends feature was introduced via Twitter by a member of the company’s developer team. Twitter is currently working on various ideas to give users even more control over who can see their own tweets.

On Instagram, for example, there is a “close friends” list for the story that creators can use to show certain content only to selected friends or followers. And the Funktion bei Twitters Trusted Friends would be very similar. A tweet could be shared either with all accounts or with a predetermined group of accounts. In this way, users can, for example, share content in a family or friend context that has remained hidden from the public. That would undermine Twitter’s basic idea as an open content space, but it would add a variation to the platform that might be relevant for many creators.

If this option was rolled out, the timeline would also be expanded to include the option of having the Trusted Friends’ tweets played first.

Twitter timeline with the Trusted Friends feature as a concept, © @a_dsgnr, Twitter

Test for tweeting with different personas from one account

When introducing this feature, however, it was also made clear that it was initially just a concept. This also applies to further tests by Twitter on restrictions on tracking tweets, such as from the tweet above and a Contribution by TechCrunch emerges. An option has also been designed as a concept in which users only see a few tweets from creators, precisely those that relate to the areas of interest that they have previously selected. This option is called Facets and enables a user to tweet with different personas from one account.

Facets feature tested on Twitter, © @a_dsgnr, Twitter

Whether there will actually be a Trusted Friends or Facets selection on Twitter in the future now also depends on the feedback from the community, which the developer team asks for. A progressive differentiation of the Twitter timeline thus becomes a realistic scenario.

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