So are implementing this groundbreaking new feature. Sorry guys, we’ve had this on since the beginning.

@kev Isn't there a subtle difference? In Twitter it's always visible to everyone, and just limits who can reply.

Here you limit who can see it, too.

@sirikon that’s true. I much prefer Mastodon’s approach. If I didn’t want someone to reply, why would I want them to see the tweet in the first place?


I prefer Mastodon’s way, too. But it wouldn’t make much sense to limit message visibility to the mentioned people on Twitter because Twitter has actual direct messages and chat groups...

I think that twitters functionality is focused on twitstars talking with each other without “normal people” noise. Kind of public-private conversations for famous people

Public private chat for famous people 😂 Lets hope only famous people who want public private chat use it.

@sirikon @kev

Nope, Mastodon's implementation of direct toots is much better. Direct toots in Mastodon are only visible to those mentioned in toot.

Twitter's implementation doesn't change who can see a direct tweet. Anyone can see and like while only those mentioned can reply.

Twitter's implementation is an amazing opportunity for fake news spreaders since they can mention themselves and nobody can reply and correct their fake news.

Twitter without this new feature will be the better Twitter.


@kev Does it? Can you make a public post but restrict who is allowed to reply to it?

@stevenroose no idea, I’m not a big twitter user really.

@kev I mean here on #Mastodon. What I'm saying is that I don't think we have the feature like you suggest. On #Twitter you can make a public post and restrict who can reply to it. On Mastodon you can only limit who can **see** the post AFAIK.

@stevenroose ohhh ok. Yeah, but if only certain people can see the post, only they can reply.

@kev Yeah but it's a different use case. On big platforms like Twitter, when a few people have a conversation --that they want to be public-- they get overloaded by trolls. So this feature is actually useful IMO.
Twitter has become a platform for famous people to challenge each other in the face of the public.

Of course you can get similar results to ask your clients to hide all posts from people you're not connected with by degree 2 or 3 or so.

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