OK, this time Twitter means it.
What has since May been the prerogative of a select few has finally trickled down to the social media plebs. As of Tuesday morning, every Twitter user has the power to dictate who can — and crucially, by extension, who can’t — reply to their tweets.
For a brief moment last week it appeared Twitter had quietly made the feature available to everyone with an update to the iOS mobile app. But alas, it was not to beThe Verge confirmed that the release notes were pushed in error, and no new feature was immediately forthcoming.
Until today, that is.
The new settings, ostensibly targeted at ending the scourge that is reply guys, lets users drop their outgoing tweets into three different buckets. The first, and most familiar, is what many people have today: Anyone and everyone (who isn’t blocked) can reply to a tweet. The second takes into consideration who the tweeter follows, as only that follow list can respond to a tweet. The third restriction makes it so only people tagged in the initial tweet can reply. Read more…