Over-Tweeters Silenced Forever?

Twitter Goes Mute?

“Just a reminder that you don’t have to tell Facebook or Twitter goodnight…you can just shut up.”

You can, but everyone doesn’t…

So, are some users driving you cray cray with their constant, and less than groundbreaking content? Do you wish there was a way to “mute” them from your home timeline, while still keeping them on your list?

Well, now ya can!

Twitter recently introduced a “mute” feature on their website, as well as Android and iPhone apps.

Product Manager, Paul Rosania says,

“Mute gives you even more control over the content you see on Twitter by letting you remove a user’s content from key parts of your Twitter experience.”[1]

Here’s how it works:

First you head on over to this poor soul’s page and click the gear icon on their profile, then simply choose “mute @ username.” You can also do the same directly from one of their tweets by clicking “more” and choosing “mute @ username.”

This option does not seem to be available to everyone yet, so if you don’t see it, it’s rolling your way soon.

What Happens Next?

Well, that’s all up to you.

Once you have a muted user, you will no longer see their tweets and re-tweets in your feed. If you’re feeling guilty, you can always head on over to their profile to see what’s up. And, don’t worry it can be undone if you are feeling truly remorseful.

 There is Always a Disadvantage

With any change in social media land, there are advantages and disadvantages.

The first disadvantage is, of course, you could be the one getting muted! Just saying…

Muted users can also still send you direct messages, even if you’re not into that.

You will still have all their old tweets in your feed, just nothing going forward.

And, just to be balanced, here are the Advantages:

  • They’ll never know. You can “mute” a user in the comfort of your own space and no one has to know about it, but you (unless you have multiple personalities, then you may not even know).
  • Muting users will keep your feed clear for the content you actually want to see.
  • You can always unmute if the shunned user redeems your graces.

 Pretty sweet, right! That Twitter is something!

Over-tweeters and Over-sharers can be “muted” at last!

Don’t you wish that the mute feature would become available in the real world! Maybe one day…

 Your turn:

Have you used the new mute feature? Let me know in the comments, I won’t tell I promise.

Written by Lori Hil on behalf of SocialMedia305


[1] https://blog.twitter.com/2014/another-way-to-edit-your-twitter-experience-with-mute

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May 19, 2014 · 3:51 pm

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