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It’s time to play a game. It isn’t one you’ll be familiar with, because we’ve just invented it to give you an entertaining excuse for spring cleaning your Twitter. Because, let’s face it, you probably follow too many people and need to cull a few to make Twitter more usable.
Block, Mute, Unfollow could be the answer to your prayers. It’s like Snog, Marry, Avoid made just for Twitter. Which, if you haven’t figured it out by now, is all kinds of genius.
The Background Knowledge
Twitter is overgenerous when it comes to options for customizing your Twitter feed. In May 2014 the social network added a Mute button to the service. This was something of a revelation, and it led us to writing a guide detailing when to use the Mute button on Twitter.
The addition of a Mute button gives Twitter users three options for dealing with people they follow: Blocking, Muting, and Unfollowing.
Muting is the tamest of the three options, so should be your first port of call whenever anyone annoys you. It hides someone’s tweets from your timeline, meaning they can still see your glorious tweets while you will no longer have to put up with ridiculous ramblings.
Blocking is the medium option, and is most useful for those people who you want to keep an eye on but who you don’t want to be able to keep an eye on you in return. It stops someone from following you, leaving them having to search for your tweets like any other unloved stranger.
Unfollowing is the harshest option, and should therefore only be used when you want to cut all ties with an individual. It means you’re severing your connection with someone, and they’ll know you’ve done so if they click on your profile.
Now we’re all familiar with the terms being used we can proceed with the game. Let’s play Block, Mute, Unfollow!
Block, Mute, Unfollow
It’s time for a game of
Snog, Marry, Avoid Block, Mute, Unfollow. Our game works in exactly the same way as the original, with one notable exception. While Snog, Marry, Avoid comprises two positive options and one negative option, Block, Mute, Unfollow comprises three options that are all negative to varying degrees.
It should be noted that playing Block, Mute, Unfollow means you will be trimming the number of people you interact with on Twitter, so if you’re either not on the social networking site — and to be honest, you really should be using Twitter — or only follow a paltry number of people, you may want to steer clear.
If you’re still in, read on for the rules…
The rules to Block, Mute, Unfollow are actually very simple.
1. Choose three people you follow on Twitter.
These could be three people picked at random, the first three you followed, the last three you followed, or three people picked out specifically because you’re no longer sure why you followed them in the first place. You could even get a friend to pick the three unfortunates, and repay the favor by doing the same thing for them.
2. Decide which person to block, which to mute, and which to unfollow.
Blocking someone only matters if and when they follow you, but if they don’t already do so just know you’re preparing in advance in case they ever do so. All three options must be enacted for at least one month. So, the muted person must remain muted, the unfollowed person must remain unfollowed, and the blocked person must remain blocked. All for at least one calendar month. No exceptions!
3. Tweet “I just played Block, Mute, Unfollow and you should do too – http://bit.ly/1r9U96V #blockmuteunfollow“.
This will notify your followers they have just survived a small cull, and hopefully get other people playing the game. If we can make this game go viral then Twitter will soon resemble a bloody battlefield with casualties strewn about all over the place. Friendships will be killed, enemies will be made, and MakeUseOf will be standing on the sidelines laughing at the mayhem.
How Did Your Game Go?
Now that we’ve introduced Block, Mute, Unfollow to the world we want to know what happened as a result. Did you play Block, Mute, Unfollow? If so, who did you choose and why? Did anyone get upset at being blocked, muted, or unfollowed? And did you blame us? Please let us know in the comments section below.