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Twitter just announced that it has introduced a feature for users to mute the tweets and retweets of individuals they follow, similar to how it’s done in the third-party app, Tweetbot.

The mute feature will be included on Twitter.com, and the iOS and Android Twitter apps. This mute feature will be welcomed by many users who don’t want to stop following particular users, but who may want to pause their tweets from showing up on in their timeline for a while.

The feature will be rolled out to all Twitter users over the next several weeks. Specific instructions for how to mute users can be found on Twitter’s help center page.

According to the instructions, users will need to manually mute and unmute users, whereas with Tweetbot, app users can go to the profile page of a user, tap on the gear button, and select to mute for 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, or Forever—or until they are unmated.

Tweetbot_mute

The feature has also been available on Twitter’s TweetDeck desktop application. It also requires a manual unmute for each user.

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Twitter says that people you mute can still follow you, and see and interact with your content. They still will be able to fave, reply to, and retweet your tweets, but you won’t see their activity in your timeline as long as they are muted.

The @ replies and @ mentions from muted users you follow will still appear in your Notifications tab, and muted users can still send you direct messages. Also, the previous messages of muted contacts will still be displayed, and only the tweets after they were muted will not show up.

So what do you think of the mute feature? Are you already using it in another app?

Source: Twitter Blog

  1. David
    June 23, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Turns out it keeps them running in the lists only muting in the main feed. I believe it also mutes them from notifying me through mentions too. Perfect for me all that.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 23, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      Awesome, glad that worked out for you. I use mute on TweetBot, and haven't had the chance to use it much on Twitter itself.

  2. David
    June 22, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    If I mute someone does this effect a list I may also have them in? Does it just mute from the main feed or BOTH?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 22, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      David, I haven't tested that out. You might give it a try to see what happens. If you can, let us know the results.

  3. Mac W
    May 14, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    OK in cases like that I unfollow as a way to "tell" them I do not like what they do. Maybe it would have been better with a "Like but not follow" as a way to show support without being disturbed ;)

    • Bakari Chavanu
      May 14, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      Hmm, I guess that's a good point. But I'm not interested in controlling what people do on Twitter. I prefer to simply mute, unfollow, and add people to my favorites lists, while at the same time having access to a wider selection of tweets and followers.

  4. Mac W
    May 13, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Good for those who do not dare to stop following people. Can not see any "proper" use.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      May 13, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      I use it often on Tweetbot when people I follow get in the habit of posting lots of links to other sites. I like what they post, but if they start posting too much I'll mute them for a while.

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