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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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August 9, 2013 · 10:05 am

If #Twitter censors tweets country by country, they’ll be fine w/ state by state one day?

Articles: Teens turn to twitter | Twitter sells us out

If twitter will bow down to a government overseas and censor the tweets of their citizens on a country by country basis, then I would believe, eventually, they’ll be fine with a more local censorship, state by state, town by town?

Twitter said it will post a censorship notice whenever a tweet is removed. (SOPA?)

Let’s take the bible belt, if 90% of parents & clergy want to “protect their beliefs” and request that twitter block the tweets of the small percentage of those that do not believe, Twitter has already proven that it can and will do this.

What happens if a president is under attack by those who want him out of office? Will twitter then block the tweets in America and allow the tweets in Britain?

Better yet, a school board chooses to block the tweets of a Rock & Roll band that they feel presents the opportunity to corrupt the young students in their local neighbor hoods? Does twitter bow down and agree?

The Chinese government decides to limit the amount of anti-Chinese sentiment that Americans are speaking about, due to jobs being outsourced overseas … Does twitter agree?

We are about to test the constitution in a manner never before seen, Big Business, Governments and the people they represent all have a voice and twitter controls it’s reach …

Powerful to say the least … one more question I have … a company or even a government chooses to sponsor ads and pay millions to do it, however the ad does not represent the best interests of the American people, does Twitter allow or censor the tweets?

Love to hear your thoughts …

Original Articles:

http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Twitter-under-fire-for-censoring-plan-2762135.php

http://lubbockonline.com/technology/2012-01-29/teens-turning-twitter-escape-online-parents#.TyVQ3VyXSZc

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Twitter users bite back: The #Bashtag.

This is actually a great story for brands and marketers to take into account when making the decision to launch a twitter campaign, we know that in the beginning brands that took advantage of the twitter platform were highly rewarded and with-out asking, created brand ambassadors that would spread the word and create events supporting the brand, the reason being, the brand was one of them.

McDonald’s took out a sponsored #Hashtag and twitter users beat them up so bad, they had it removed with-in two hours …

In today’s marketing environment and through the use of social media, brands are using the platforms, however, they are not one of them anymore.

You see twitter is a platform that starts locally, it is completely based on actual conversations and relationships. For a brand such as McDonald’s or Walgreen’s to purchase ‘Hashtag‘ time and promote their brand to those that aren’t following them is like attending a party that you know you were not invited to too!

Today’s national and powerful brands are about to learn a very powerful lesson, the #Bashtag. (cc. @kashhill | Kashmir Hill at Forbes)

McDonald’s paid hashtag marketing efforts lasted two hours, Walgreen’s didn’t have to much luck either, but it wasn’t as bad as what we saw this week with the #McDstories & #MeettheFarmers

Very simply put, followers become friends and friends fight for their own. The #meetthefarmers hashtag was hijacked to a degree, with some farmers like @MassaOrganics condeming McDonalds.

I would recommend, as always, join the conversation, not push the information, this will result in true fans, followers and friends. It is in this manner that the major brands will find the performance they expect on the twitter platform.

Original article:

When Twitter bites back: Hashtag hijacking trending among disgruntled tweeters.

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Carnival Cruise Lines takes break from social media | News – Home

Interesting news, regarding Carnival Cruises backing off their social media to “take this seriously”, I wouldn’t say that I disagree with them, in this time of crisis. This was a devastating event for more than a few people.

However, I would also look at this as a point where a company could use the social communication platforms as a news and most importantly, a customer relations tool, during this crisis.

We would love to hear your opinions on this, what are your thoughts?

Today’s article:

Carnival Cruise Lines takes break from social media | News – Home.

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Neighborhood networking via Wynwood Wednesdays at Lester’s Cafe – Biscayne Corridor – MiamiHerald.com

We’d like to thank Open Media Miami & SocialBuzzTV for a great article in today’s news, Word is spreading fast & we’d like you to join us for the Wynwood Wednesday’s Social:

Check out today’s Biscayne Corridor which explains the event in more detail:

Neighborhood networking via Wynwood Wednesdays at Lester’s Cafe – Biscayne Corridor – MiamiHerald.com.

Join Open Media Miami, SocialBuzzTV.com, SocialMedia305.com and many other members of the surrounding Wynwood area for an evening of socializing and networking with those that share an interest in the on going growth of the Wynwood community!

Let’s face it, Town Hall meetings are boring and overly political, we want this to be the opposite! Wind down after a long day with a glass of wine  and meet me some new people who share the same interest as you go regarding Wynwood!

We will have a small interactive discussion to help answer questions and address immediate needs of the Wynwood community and the exciting year ahead of us!!

Contact John@SocialMedia305.com for any additional info


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Obama Says So Long SOPA, Killing Controversial Internet Piracy Legislation – Forbes

Source : Obama Says So Long SOPA, Killing Controversial Internet Piracy Legislation – Forbes.

 

President Barack Obama has stepped in and said he’s NOT supporting the bill. SOPA: The Anti-SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act)

But there IS another bill, Protect IP (the Enforcing and Protecting American Rights Against Sites Intent on Theft and Exploitation Act), that could be a problem for Internet users. The legislation is scheduled to go before the Senate on January 24th.

Both SOPA and Protect IP attempt to combat online piracy by preventing American search engines like Google and Yahoo from directing users to sites distributing stolen content. Both bills also would allow people & companies to sue if copyright was infringed. The president has come out against both bills, putting pressure on senators for January 24th.

The full White House response can be read here.

“Any provision covering Internet intermediaries such as online advertising networks, payment processors, or search engines must be transparent and designed to prevent overly broad private rights of action that could encourage unjustified litigation that could discourage #startup businesses” said The White House.

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