Irksome tweets clogging up your feed will soon become a thing of the past. Thanks to the highly anticipated mute function that Twitter has just implemented. The new Twitter mute button lets app and web users to mute posts from users they follow without actually unfollowing them.
Twitter says this new feature will be extended to all accounts in the coming few weeks. The mute feature will be available on Twitter's web interface as well as its Android apps and iOS apps.
Muting user’s means their tweets and retweets will no longer show up in the users home timeline, but the muted users will still be able to favourite, reply to and retweet the users tweets but the user will not see any of their activity in their timeline. Users also no longer receive push or SMS notifications from those they have muted. And that way the user will not have to worry about antagonising anyone as those tweeters who are muted will not know they got muted.
In order to mute a person, Twitter users can either choose to visit a user profile they like to ignore by hitting the gear icon and select Mute from the menu that appears or the second technique is to click the More option at the bottom of an individual tweet and then select option to mute that particular user. And users can also unmute just as easily whenever they want. They can head over to the profile of someone they have muted, a red speaker icon will be displayed and when that icon is clicked they will be unmuted. The feature hasn't yet fully rolled out to all users across the globe, so some might not yet be seeing these options on their Android devices.
The changes come at a time when Twitter looks to broaden its appeal as a communication tool while growing its business. The microblogging site which has seen its growth decline drastically is putting in a lot of effort to make the site more approachable and user friendly. The social network had 255 million users as of the first quarter.
So for those users who have encountered Twitter tantrums lately, the mute feature seems most effective as a temporary solution to bring some peace and quiet to the place or just get away from an annoying person for a little while, a step below unfollowing someone.