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How To Avoid Getting The Mute on Twitter Now

How Not To Get The Mute On Twitter

Will you get the new updated mute on Twitter? Will your keywords or phrases be eliminated by your followers?

Twitter rolled out the mute button feature over 2 years ago.  That meant your Twitter followers could turn your tweets off to mutmute on Twittere. I’m not sure if many peeps have used this mute feature in the past 2 years. I know I used it a few times myself instead of unfollowing someone.

How Will The Expanded Mute Feature Work On Twitter Now?

Like most new features on Twitter this expanded mute feature will roll out to various users at various times in the coming weeks. People will be able to mute your tweets so they don’t show up in their stream. You will not know if you’ve been muted. If someone unfollowed you there are ways you can check to see who unfollows you. But not knowing if you are muted by a user is not a really a good thing in my book.

You will now be able to mute not just followers but tweets with words you don’t want to see in your Twitter stream. Yes, you can choose keywords that you do not want to see! You will now be able to mute keywords, phrases, and even entire conversations you don’t want to see… Click To Tweet

Twitter has done this to try to eliminate some of the online abuse that goes on their social network. This came about after the United States presidential election brought out some of the worst in people. People were becoming abusive to one another on social media. Twitter found a way to eliminate it for those that it bothered. They did not want them to leave their social network. Smart! 

How to Mute on Twitter via Notifications

Just go to your Twitter settings – You will find muted words under muted accounts near the bottom of the list. Click on Muted Words and enter. It’s as simple as that!  You can also unmute the words at anytime as well.

You may stiHow to mutell mute users by clicking on the more button of any tweet. It is easy to uncheck it at any time. You may also mute a user from a Tweet on your iOS or Android device or on Twitter for web tap more and then mute @username. To mute someone from their profile page, tap the gear icon on that page and choose mute @username.

They (the muted users) will still be able to retweet you and favorite your tweets. They will also be able to reply to any of your tweets. This gives the users more flexibility on the network today.

9 Ways to Avoid Getting the Mute on Twitter

  1. Don’t Over Tweet – Know your limit for the number of tweets you churn out vs. how many followers you have. If you share too often you will see followers drop. You can see the unfollows via JustUnfollow or Commun.it to name a few programs out there. (There are so many programs that can do this!)
  2. Be Sure to Tweet! This is the oppositve of over tweeting. If someone checks your profile out and you haven’t tweeted in a year or for a length of time they may mute or unfollow you.
  3. Tweet in Your Niche – Don’t tweet out just anything to fill in the Twitter stream. Be more careful what you share. Do share personal stories at times. People do like to know more about you when they follow you.
  4. Keep Your Tweets Simple – Don’t use all 140 characters each time you tweet. Keeping your tweets short makes it easier for followers to read your tweets. It makes your tweets easier to share too.
  5. Make Sure Your Profile is Up to Date – Your Twitter profile and your favorite tweet should be current. If you profile information is old you may get the mute on Twitter or be unfollowed. Make sure you have a photo and not an egghead. Many users will not follow eggheads today.
  6. Let Users Know When You Will Do Twitter Chats – Your followers may want to mute you just during the Twitter chats. (That would be the one of the times I would consider muting a user).
  7. Watch Your Language – Be careful about using foul language on Twitter. People will now be able to mute those words out of their streams. Many people may be offended by foul language. They now have a tool they can use to mute this type of foul language from their Twitter stream. IF only we could do that one on Facebook too.
  8. Don’t Be Too Salesy! If you are always trying to sell something on Twitter users will surely mute you like I did the one here in the example.
  9. Interact! – This one is key. Don’t just tweet your own stuff and never interact with others on Twitter. Twitter is all about engaging with others. If you don’t want to engage you should be advertising instead, right? Learn from Twitter greats like Kim Garst,  Sam Hurley, or Neal Schaffer.

Examples of Real Interaction on Twitter

 How do you feel about the expanded mute on Twitter coming soon to your Twitter features?

Will you be using it?  

I’d love to know more on your thoughts on this in the comments.

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76 comments On How To Avoid Getting The Mute on Twitter Now

  • Hello Lisa
    Great post ! thanks for updating this informative article. Twitter is definitely one of my go-to social platforms. I wasn’t aware of the mute, if you irritate me that much I usually just unfollow that person. Thanks for sharing this value-packed post and enjoy your weekend.
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  • I have a question, can we use these techniques for our brand twitter handles ?

    And if you could suggest something for brand handles, it would be great.

  • Hey Lisa,

    Well, twitter is one of the biggest places to promote our brands, but for some reason i have been a big failure with Twitter, I never been able to engage my followers and never been able to convert them into my readers.

    Although I am constantly trying out new things and will certainly succeed one day.

    BTW, you have done a great job with this post.

    Cheers.

  • Hi Lisa,
    I knew this was rolling out but did not really know the details. Thanks for such an in depth explanation.

    I have always been a big fan of Twitter lists. I use the stream from these more than my main feed which, honestly, I don’t pay much attention to. All of these features are useful but curating your content can take so much time. I think it’s best to pick something that works for you and just stick with that.

    Not sure if I will use the mute feature but nice to know that it is there.
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  • Wow, I am completely new to the mute button on Twitter, I don’t know if it’s actually necessary because there’s a unfollow button?

    But love to know the new feature here, thanks Lisa.
    LH Louis recently posted…Top 100 Content Marketing Blog Posts: You Don’t Want to MissMy Profile

  • Hi Lisa,
    I had not heard of this possibility on Twitter. Thanks! If I write a post on Twitter tools, I will use the information and link to you.
    Janince

  • Hey Lisa,

    Twitter is considered incredible weapon for blogging, it helps our blog to get popularity. Twitter is best platform in social media where we can share our videos as well as content to maximize our traffic and productivity level. Twitter has the potential to drive traffic to our blog, get more eye-balls on our content, promote our products/services and increase our influence on the social web. These are really amazing facts to avoid getting the mute on Twitter. Eventually, thanks for sharing your experience with us.

    With best wishes,

    Amar kumar
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    • Hi Amar, oh yes – I never thought of the word weapon, I think of Twitter as an awesome tool 🙂 But I do get your point….I agree it is the best platform once you use it correctly. Have you muted anyone or any words yet Amar? You are welcome. I appreciate your coming by and for your input on this one. Have a great rest of the week.
      Lisa recently posted…How To Avoid Getting The Mute on Twitter NowMy Profile

  • Hi Lisa,

    One more tip for your list:

    Don’t reply to the marketing messages some marketers send right after you follow them. Asking them to stop their pathetic spam will not only waste your time but may get you a Block or a Mute.

    Twitter’s algo is counting these blocks and mutes and no one will ask you whether you were the spammer or the person who blocked/muted you was the spammer 😉

    Have a great week!
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    • Hi Adrian, thank you for that additional tip. How are they counting these Adrian? Thanks for coming by and enjoy the rest of your week there.
      Lisa recently posted…How To Avoid Getting The Mute on Twitter NowMy Profile

      • Lisa, I’m not very sure that I understood your question. What do you mean by “how are they counting these”?

        1, 2, 3, etc. This is how they are counting them 🙂

        Of course that the software does it, not an employee. The same like Facebook’s software counts the number of likes for a post, the same Twitter’s software counts the blocks.

        Have I answered your question?

        If the next question is how do I know that they count the number of blocks, the answer is in the Twitter Rules. They assess many factors, including this: whether a large number of people blocked you or not. What “large” refers to isn’t revealed. But the fact is that they counting the number of blocks, otherwise they cannot make that assessment.

        Enjoy your Wednesday! 🙂
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        • Hi Adrian, I like that answer: 1, 2,3….I guess what I meant is the mutes. If you get or give a lot of mutes will it affect your account? Thanks for the reply Adrian.

          • I don’t think that giving a large amount of mutes or blocks will affect your account. It wouldn’t make sense. “Block” and “Mute” are two tools that help you avoid people or content you don’t like. There’s no Twitter rule that says that you should dislike only a fixed number of people – again that wouldn’t make sense.

            As for the “getting” part, that’s different. If a large number of people dislike you, your actions, and/or your tweets, then there’s a big question mark regarding you. It may affect your account. Twitter’s algo isn’t public, so I can’t say that it “will” affect your account. The assessment depends also on other factors (see their public info regarding spam)
            Adrian Jock recently posted…3 Little Known Blogging Issues Affecting Email DeliverabilityMy Profile

  • Thanks For Sharing This Informative Post 🙂

    I Always Want To Mute My Twitter. Now I Know How To Do It 😀

  • Hey Lisa,

    I am glad you have updated this article again.

    Twitter has provided this feature to get rid of the annoying tweet notifications. There are many people who just bombard with many tags.

    People can save themselves from getting mute by providing the quality content. No unnecessary tweets and notifications.
    Thanks for elaborating it.
    ~Ravi
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  • Wait; is this a new post or an old one that’s been updated? Now I’m confused… lol

    No matter. I love the new mute button that allows me to mute topics and names. I’m using it a lot, based on my current goal to find a bit more peace in my life. I have muted some folks over the years and unfollowed some, but this bad boy allows me to mute people I might agree with who just need to let some things go for the moment because it’s irking me! lol I for one am ecstatic at the new change; yay!
    Mitch Mitchell recently posted…Reduce Inundation For Peace And HappinessMy Profile

    • Hi Mitch, it’s updated 🙂 First time I did it with changing the date in WordPress itself. (I used to just write updated with date). I love it too especially during election time or times of conflict. You can remain peaceful and not get caught up in the hate. I wish Facebook would allow the same too. You can to a degree there but not as much as with Twitter. Glad you are loving the new change too Mitch. Thanks for coming by and have a great rest of the week and Happy Thanksgiving!
      Lisa recently posted…How To Avoid Getting The Mute on Twitter NowMy Profile

  • Hi Lisa,

    I usually just Unfollow but this is good to know 😉 As for keeping tweets short and sweet I find my shorter, more simple tweets do better than my 130 or 140 character tweets. Almost like you’re giving folks room to breathe versus trying to squeeze as much content as possible into 140 chars. Take a deep breath, then figure if your tweet will help your following or if it is more of a filler than anything else.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Ryan
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  • Good morning, Lisa!

    I have to admit, I’m surprised they didn’t add this feature 8 years ago of 4 years ago with that Presidential election. :mrgreen: Personally, I won’t use the updated feature nor did I use the previous mute. If someone is bugging me on Twitter, I simply unfollow. No harm imo. Some people want to rant and rave and I understand that. With social media today, it has given everyone another outlet to voice their opinions, especially from behind a monitor.

    Anywho….I’d love to see what the rest of your readers say about the new feature. Thanks for sharing!

    B
    Bren Pace recently posted…Are People Inherently Bad?My Profile

  • Pretty scary stuff Lisa!LOL!

    But it’s just part of the evolution of business. If definitely gives the users more control,
    and if someone doesn’t necessarily be bothered with anyone in particulars tweets, it’s
    the next best thing (for now) to unfollowing them.

    But still in all, there really isn’t much (proactive) one can do, but follow your excellent tips!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Mark recently posted…Business Opportunities: Just Because They’re Everywhere Doesn’t Mean You have To Squander Them!My Profile

  • Hi LIsa,

    Sorry I’m late to the party on commenting on this post.

    I see a lot of the other commenters saying to just unfollow the person, but I have to ask a question. Can’t someone @ mention you even when you aren’t following them?

    I think that is the case, and it’s the reason I used the mute feature the other day.

    I had someone – who I don’t follow send me tweets asking me to come and comment on his blog post. Now I wouldn’t mind if he did that once in a blue moon – especially if I’m mentioned in the post. But this person was tweeting me every time he published something.

    So he got muted.

    Thanks for the post Lisa and I hope you and your family are doing well. I know how hard it can be to get through times like these. I’m praying for you guys!

    Love you!
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    • Hi Ileane, it’s never to late to comment on a post here 🙂 Yes, they can mention you even if not following. I’ve done it 🙂 Yikes, that would be annoying. I had some do that on Facebook until some bloggers finally blogged about how annoying that was to tag them in each post on Facebook. It’s been a tough week Ileane and tomorrow I try to figure out my new normal. I used to run to mom’s during lunch and after work/weekends for so long I won’t know what to do with myself but will check on dad – luckily a cousin is staying with him for a month who came to visit from across the country. It will be an adjustment for sure. Thank you for the prayers.
      Lisa recently posted…How To Avoid Getting The Mute on TwitterMy Profile

  • Akaahan Terungwa
    Twitter:

    Hello Lisa,

    Now, that’s one hell of a feature I will be passionately annoyed with! For bloggers and webmasters, it can only mean one thing: less visibility…and that’s not a good thing – never will be.

    But, on the flip side, lets hope it actually does add make most of our followers ‘value conscious’ so that we see less of unworthy content. Don’t you agree?

    Do have a very productive Sunday!

    Always,
    Terungwa
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  • I’m with Steven on this one, Lisa. I don’t really see the point of the mute button on Twitter.

    If something’s annoying me that much I’ll just unfollow someone.

    The truth is though, that the Twitter stream moves so quickly with having lists it’s hard to see who would annoy me anyway!

    I follow people in my niche and the same with those who follow me. If they’re in my niche or look like they have an interesting Twitter stream, I’ll follow back.

    Great tips to stay away from someone’s mute button Lisa. I’ve been using Meshfire for a while now as well to generate more engagement.

    Have a wonderful weekend.
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    • Hi Tim, me too. The only reason I’d use it I think is for those on Twitter chats that can clutter the stream. Other than that, lists and unfollow work for me 🙂 Meshfire? I’ll have to check that one out Tim – thanks! Have a good new week there. I’ve been offline as my mom passed last weekend.
      Lisa recently posted…How To Avoid Getting The Mute on TwitterMy Profile

  • Some people are of the opinion that the mute button isn’t useful. However For me I feel it has its usefulness.

    For example someone whose tweet you still consider important may decide to send you a plethora of tweets that could clutter your stream. You may decide to mute that person for a while till such a time the person may change the ways.

    However, an unfollow in such situation may be an unwise strategy especially if the person is an influencers that could certainly be of help to you on a later date.

  • Lisa, you seem these days to be pushing lots of post on twitter tips. My guess is that twitter must certainly be driving lots of traffic to your site.

    However, really love the mute option. I think it will make people become careful about the way they over promote themselves.

    For me it is actually a plus because I think it will prompt people to engage in more conversation on the platform. Thanks so much for sharing
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  • Hey Lisa,

    The mute button seems like it really isn’t necessary on Twitter to me. If you are doing things that annoy me that much and that often them a unfollow is what I’d rather do.

    I like your tips. They will definitely help keep you from being muted. If you look at your list another way, it can be called “The Rules of Twitter” or something 🙂 They are just all around great tips for Twitter mute button or not.

    I hope things are going well! Have a great one Lisa!
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  • Hi Lisa,

    I’ve been reading about the mute on Twitter as well. And, like Harleena is saying, I’m feeling that it’s a lot like Facebook and G+, and that we’re in control of who we want to listen to. I might be tweeting (retweeting) too much, since I love sharing things I find interesting. But hopefully not that many people will mute me 🙂

    – Jens
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  • Hey Lisa,
    Thanks for sharing this new feature with us as I have no idea about this. This new Mute feature seems good as well bad also. This feature allow us to block unwanted tweet but it bad if some one block us. These tips which you mentioned above really help us to stay in people’s profile. Thanks for sharing this with us.
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  • Hey Lisa,

    I do use lists and I guess I don’t need mute for a while and I’ve been actively participating in twitter discussion which is like a daily routine.

    Have a great day!
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  • I don’t know….do we really need a mute button? Why not just “unfollow’ if you don’t want somebody’s updates? It seems a bit secretive and underhanded and also a case of “have your cake and eat it too”. By that I mean, you would still have the follower in your statistics and they can still like and retweet your posts, but they are basically “persona non grata” to you. Definitely one-sided!
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  • Hi Lisa, Great article. I couldn’t figure out why you would mute someone on Twitter, instead of unfollowing them, but your example of a Twitter chat was a good one.

    I think muting someone is risky. For example, let’s say you mute someone and they mention you, RT you or send you a tweet. You wouldn’t see any of these which could have some bad consequences. Better to unfollow them if you don’t want them in your stream.

    But the Twitter chat is a great example of how this could be useful. I was on the #DadChat Twitter chat last night and the chat was great but I did lose a couple of followers.

    I’m pretty sure I violate every one of your suggestions. Because of Triberr, I tweet a lot, 24/7. I tweet outside my niche of tech. When my blog title is long, I can bump up against the 140 character limit.

    The rest I’m pretty good on, but I guess I should do better! 🙂
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    • Thank you Carolyn. I agree, unfollow is easier or put them in lists. I usually gain a few followers on Twitter Chats – I used to do the blog chat on Sunday nights and always met other bloggers and we followed each other after. I also use Triberr and the Buffer so I tweet a lot too. But I do try to stay in my niche and only share useful/niche stuff via Triberr. I don’t have it set to automatic. We all can do better I’m sure Carolyn. Thanks for your input and have a great day.
      Lisa recently posted…How To Avoid Getting The Mute on TwitterMy Profile

  • Veronica Singleton

    What next? This sounds like a real waste of time to me. Not to mention the fact, I really don’t have time to keep my twitter roll up all day, looking at it.

    Veronica
    http://www.veronialsingleton.com

    • Hi Veronica, I know, I’m not a fan of this one. If you don’t have time for your Twitter roll, do you use lists? I find that feature very helpful to just see certain type of tweets at any given time. I rely a lot on them and love them. The mute seems useless. You can always unfollow folks too if they are too annoying. Thanks for coming by Veronica.
      Lisa recently posted…How To Avoid Getting The Mute on TwitterMy Profile

  • Wonderful tips for twitter, I’m not so active at twitter and I think I post rarely only for the sake of traffic for my blogs. But during these days I learned it has other of other benefits too.

    Thanks for sharing with us.
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  • Thanks for telling me about this feature Lisa. It is kind of scary.

    Luckily I do most of what you suggest so that we don’t get muted. The one thing I need to work on is being more interactive. There are days, like today when I can’t get to it to thank folks and say hey.

    I was reading the comments and Bren is right…I would rather see something like this on Facebook. Lord knows there are some posts I’d like to mute LOL.

    Thanks for sharing. Hope you’re having a great day!
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    • Hi Corina, you are welcome. I’d agree too, it would be more ur. seful on Facebook. With Twitter I rely on lists for my own muting and if folks are really annoying I stop following them altogether. Some days are harder than others to interact on Twitter, you have to have some time to do it. I hope your week has been going well Corina. Thanks for coming by and commenting here.
      Lisa recently posted…How To Avoid Getting The Mute on TwitterMy Profile

  • Hey Lisa,

    I have to agree with Bren on this one. Why don’t they just unfollow you if that’s the issue because either way they won’t see your tweets! Maybe they want to have so many people on their follow list but I would think they would prefer to have those that they want to see the tweets instead of the other way around. I know you can still share their stuff but whether you’re following them or not you can still do that.

    Personally I would prefer to see a “leave tweet” option instead and you know why I feel that way. It’s especially maddening on #FF when 1 person adds a bunch of people to the tweet and then all of those individuals are thanking the person who initiated it but leaving all our ID’s in the tweet. I would just rather not see those but only when they are addressing me. I know, I’m weird but come on, I get a LOT of tweets. I wouldn’t mute them because of that though because then I wouldn’t get any of their tweets.

    I think this option will be useful for those that do overdo it though. You know, the annoying ones. I still don’t know why they don’t just unfollow them. Maybe someone will have a better explanation for that in the near future. Not sure what it would be though.

    Thanks for sharing this and we’ll see how well that plays out.

    ~Adrienne
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  • Hi Lisa,

    Once again a big thank you for letting me know what is the latest on Twitter. I think the mute can be a good thing for those who are tweeting like crazy. Just like on Facebook and G+ some folks keep on clogging our stream.

    I was on a webinar about paid advertising on Twitter and when you do, Twitter doesn’t clog up the feed. That being said, I think it will be a good thing to mute some people.

    Following your suggestions above, I don’t think people will mute you. It is those that overuse Twitter, just like any other social site that will be muted.

    Thanks for the heads up.

    -Donna
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    • Hi Donna, you are welcome. I prefer to use the lists option. I go to my lists when I see my stream out of control. Or if someone is overkilling me with tweets I will unfollow them but that’s rare now. It’s not so much the amount of tweets but the self promotion ones that would bother me more if that’s all someone tweets. Thanks for coming by Donnna and commenting on this one. Have a great rest of your week!
      Lisa recently posted…How To Avoid Getting The Mute on TwitterMy Profile

  • Interesting! Facebook could definitely use a MUTE button! 🙂 I don’t think a MUTE button is necessary on Twitter. I mean, if they don’t want to read your tweets, it’s as simple as UNFOLLOW. I won’t be using it.

    What about you Lisa? Do you think it’s a useful tool?
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  • Hi Lisa,

    Yes, I’ve been reading about this mute on Twitter and thought are they also becoming like Facebook and G+ as you can mute conversations and whom you don’t like seeing. I guess it would reduce the noise a great deal 🙂

    Nice tips if we can follow them, and we should if we want to stay in people’s stream. I agree about not tweeting too often, yet need to find out what is enough, too much or too slow for people.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
    Harleena Singh recently posted…10 Tips For Healthy Relationships in LifeMy Profile

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