Twitter seems to be on a mission to simplify and make its 140 character social network more interesting. In a recent development, Twitter has announced a much required feature – the mute feature.
Announcing on its blog Twitter stated that the mute feature will give users more control over the content they see on Twitter by letting them remove a user’s content from key parts of their Twitter experience. The feature is being introduced for iPhone and Android apps and twitter.com.
Twitter states that: “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. 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.”
However, the muted user will still able to favourite, reply to, and retweet your tweets. Besides the muted user will not know that you’ve muted them, and of course you can unmute them at any time. This comes as a respite since you do not have to ‘unfollow’ them anymore.
If you want to mute someone from their profile page on Android, iOS, or Web, simply tap the gear icon on the page and choose “mute @username.” To do the same directly from a tweet, tap “more” and then “mute @username.”
The feature is still being rolled out and you might have to wait for some time before you start muting those accounts who either continuously play contests or talk about IPL or blindly retweet every other thing on this planet.
Twitter has taken quite some time to introduce the feature, which is a much required one. With this feature a user can make Twitter more personalized to their needs, while Twitter can hold on to users by making their timeline more sensible.
So which are the accounts that you would be muting on Twitter?