Twitter Tests Mute Button for When You’re Just Tired of Someone’s Crap
Sometimes, you don’t really want to unfollow someone, you just don’t want to see their bullshit in your feed for a while. If you’ve ever found yourself in that situation, you’ll be happy to learn that it appears Twitter is testing a mute function in their official app.
Users of services like Tweetdeck have been able to mute people, hashtags, or certain phrases for a while now. It’s a popular feature. Now, it looks like Twitter is toying with the idea in their official app. Some Twitter users started seeing a mute option pop up next to their block or report options in their iOS apps a couple of days ago.
What does muting some1 on twitter do ???? ? pic.twitter.com/nVf1NN61nr
— ❁ˇ◡ˇ❁ (@LostS0ull) April 27, 2014
What does muting even do? pic.twitter.com/cv2ykj7QhW
— Olivia Wagner (@Oliviawag1) April 27, 2014
Obviously, people are confused. If you mute a user, you won’t see tweets from them of receive notifications about them. Muted users also won’t know that they’ve been muted. It’s a more temporary (and less harsh) way to tune someone out without unfollowing or blocking them.
Not all users currently have this option, so it’s obviously still in testing mode. But I expect this one to stick around, as it’s a pretty useful feature that the official Twitter app has lacked for too long.
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