MICROBLOGGING WEBSITE Twitter introduced a mute feature on Monday, enabling users to filter out annoying tweeters on the service
Twitter's mute feature is available on the social network's iOS and Android apps, as well as on twitter.com. As its name implies, the new option lets you silence annoying tweeters, if you don't have the nerve to unfollow them.
Paul Rosania, a product manager at Twitter said, "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. 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 notes that the feature is one-way, which means that muted users can still favourite, reply to and retweet your tweets - so they will never know that you've decided to silence them. Users can also be unmuted at any time.
To mute somebody, tap "more" and then "mute @username". You can also silence somebody from their profile page, by tapping the gear icon and selecting to mute.
Rosania added, "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."
Twitter will roll out its mute feature to all users over the next few weeks. µ
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