Twitter to Add a “Mute” Feature

Twitter Mute ButtonTwitter just announced it will be adding a mute feature for users to the website and app for iOS and Android. Unlike Facebook, Twitter didn’t allow users to follow someone but opt out of updates. Facebook allows users to unsubscribe from certain friends, meaning you will still be friends and you can see their profile – but their updates won’t be in your news feed.

This feature was first hinted at in May when some users starting seeing the feature pop up on their mobile Twitter apps.

“The muted user will still be able to fave, reply to, and retweet your Tweets; you just won’t see any of that activity in your timeline,” said Twitter product manager Paul Rosania in a blog post on the company’s website on Monday. The muted user will not know that you’ve muted them, and of course you can unmute at any time.”

This feature will be especially nice for people you feel obligated to follow like co-workes or family, or users who tweet way too often.

The concept of muting on Twitter isn’t totally new. TweetDeck, which is a third-party Twitter client Tweetbot offer ways to mute accounts as well.

According to Rosania, the feature will be rolled out over the course of the next few weeks. Instructions for how to get the mute feature working when it becomes available on your feed are on the newly updated Twitter support page.

What do you think of this new mute feature – will you be using it a lot?


About DevonJ140
I am currently an Accounting Director living in New York City. I love reading and learning more about business, finance, tech, and current events.

2 Responses to Twitter to Add a “Mute” Feature

  1. Interesting. Probably not. I don’t find tweets as annoying as Facebook posts. I think the 140 character limit helps a lot. Twitter also seems to be a lot less personal and people post better content on it, but then again, I am following more news outlets than personal contacts on there, so this might be why.

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