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Twitter Confirms "Mute" Feature Coming To Accounts

 6:14 pm on May 13, 2014 (gmt 0)

It was talked about as a test, and i'm sure it'll still be tested and tweaked, but this useful feature could end up losing eyeballs for your story, and especially if you tweet too much.

Today we’re beginning to introduce a new account feature called mute to people who use our iPhone and Android apps and twitter.com. 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.

In the same way you can turn on device notifications so you never miss a Tweet from your favorite users, you can now mute users you’d like to hear from less. Muting a user on Twitter means their Tweets and Retweets will no longer be visible in your home timeline, and you will no longer receive push or SMS notifications from that user.Twitter Confirms "Mute" Feature Coming To Accounts [blog.twitter.com]

In the coming weeks, we will roll out the mute feature to everyone.


Reports Of Twitter Experimenting With Mute Feature On Android and iOS [webmasterworld.com]



 8:59 pm on May 13, 2014 (gmt 0)

Great! This should set them up next year to sell me an "enhanced membership."

See who's muting your tweets for just $$$.

Then the "PRO" membership. Unmutable tweets! Just $$$$$.


 1:50 pm on May 14, 2014 (gmt 0)

I see something more devious

If you want a ton of followers you follow and mute EVERYONE so you see nothing yet get a buttload of followers in return.


I hope they put a limit on the number of mutes per account to stop this abuse as it'll happen if they don't.


 6:54 am on May 15, 2014 (gmt 0)

Actually, incrediBILL, I think Twitter may be the one being devious here. If someone is constantly getting muted then they must be less influential than their sheer numbers suggest. Gathering data like this is always a driving factor with such changes.


 7:06 am on May 15, 2014 (gmt 0)

I assume it will be something like the Follow on Facebook where you can still be friends but not have to hear what they are ranting about daily.


 9:26 am on May 15, 2014 (gmt 0)

Yes, it works well on Facebook, BUT Facebook is different.

I use Facebook to follow people I know in real life. Removing them from my friends because they post too much (the commonest reason) or post stupid stuff (the next commonest) is awkward to say the least. It also means I would lose the most important function of Facebook - a point of contact.

Twitter is different. Twitter is mostly about following public content and there are fewer personal relationships involved. There is also a much greater incentive to increase follower numbers for the same reason, so I am sure we will see what IncrediBill predicts.

Twitter and FB blindly copy each other features regardless of whether they are useful in the context of a very different service.


 7:52 pm on May 21, 2014 (gmt 0)

That would be nice. I've had to remove quite a few followers due to overspamming my twitter feed.

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