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Twitter isn’t perfect. In fact, it’s downright annoying most of the time — and fixing the problem isn’t as simple as deleting the people you find annoying and adding new ones 6 Interesting Ways To Find New People On Twitter 6 Interesting Ways To Find New People On Twitter Twitter, by its very nature, provides an endless supply of interesting and engaging Twitter accounts just waiting to be discovered. Here's how to find them. Read More .

Sometimes these people are good friends, co-workers, and even family members. Outside of Twitter they’re great, but on Twitter they just can’t seem to stop posting cat memes and flooding your feed with hundreds of useless updates that nobody cares about.

Here’s the good news: you can mute them.

To illustrate, I’m going to mute my writing colleague, Mihir Patkar. He’s obviously gone off the deep end by criticizing my favorite Indian food and we don’t need that kind of negativity in our lives.

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To mute someone, click the ellipsis (…) under one of their status updates and select Mute. When muting someone, you keep your Twitter connection but you won’t see anything they Tweet unless you go to their profile. This is different from blocking, which completely removes them as a connection.

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If you don’t want to mute anyone, you can do what I do: avoid your primary feed and use lists.

I’m a huge proponent of lists. Lists are a great way to separate the updates you want to see from all the spam and nonsense that you’re sick of seeing. To make a list, just follow our Twitter list tutorial Drowning In Tweets? How To Use Twitter Lists To Unclutter Your Feed Drowning In Tweets? How To Use Twitter Lists To Unclutter Your Feed By default, Twitter shows tweets from everyone you're following in one huge stream. Things tend to drown. Learn how to use Twitter lists to tame your Twitter feed. Read More .

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  1. Gary Williams
    October 14, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Another useful feature is "Turn off retweets". Many of the annoying things m friends post are retweets. I like to hear what friends say but don't want to see the cat video they saw on someone else's feed. So don't mute, turn off retweets.

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