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May 13, 2014

Twitter Debuts Mute Feature

Twitter is about to become more relevant for its users with the launch of its new ‘mute’ feature — a tool users can employ to turn off annoying tweets.

“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,” reads a company blog post.

“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.”

The mute feature gives its users more options than just blocking a contact, which means all communication with a disagreeable tweeter is ended for good. Muting is meant to be a temporary measure.

For instance, a user can now silence his friend who sends out repeated tweets after every hockey game or the colleague who sends out multiple tweets during every reality TV show. The tweets and retweets of muted tweeters will no longer pop up in the user’s home timeline. The user also will no longer receive push or SMS notifications from that user.

The muted user still has the ability to fave, reply to and retweet the tweets of the person he was muted by; but that activity won’t be visible to the muter. Also, the muted user will not know they have been muted. Muting is not permanent and can be revoked at any time.

The new feature will be available via iOS and Android as well as on the Web in the coming weeks.

Muting is not a new idea. A number of third-party apps offer similar features.


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.