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You Can Now Mute Those Eggheads On Twitter

Muting the Eggheads On Twitter

Twitter EggheadsYou know those eggheads that drive you crazy every now and then on Twitter? They tweet to you either trying to get you to click on a link or to tweet out spam? You soon will be able to mute them right off of your Twitter stream.  Twitter is adding this new feature to leverage their technology to reduce abusive content. Won’t it be wonderful not to see those eggheads in your Twitter stream?

These new Twitter features will be rolled out in stages via desktop, then iPhones and then on Androids. You will have more filter options for those accounts that do not have verified emails or phone numbers associated with their Twitter profiles. You will be able to mute them all soon.

Why Do Eggheads On Twitter Exist?

Twitter sets up profiles with Eggheads. It’s their basic Twitter profile when you sign up on Twitter. Many new users do not want to show their faces as they are trying to learn the Twitter network. They aren’t quite sure how to tweet yet. They are the ones that don’t realize that they can appear as spammers to the more experienced peeps on the Twitter network. It is easy to change the egghead profile into an image, photo or logo. The Twitter profiles are a square 400×400 pixel size.

I wrote an article about Twitter spam 5 years ago and I was so happy to see weTwitter spam can NOW mute these eggheads. There are not as many as they were back 5 years ago when I could have used a fly swatter to swat them away. They were becoming so annoying! Back then and even today we can block them.

You can if you like report them to Twitter to shut their accounts down. The option is there when you click on their profile under the follow button. You can mute, block or report. If it’s a really bad troll I’d block or report them to Twitter. When you are unsure just mute or block them. If that doesn’t work then I would report them to Twitter. I would not at first report them, I like to give everyone a chance first.

What motivates others to create spam on networks like Twitter? Usually it is to make money or create backlinks to their websites. Some spammers could be more vicious and cause users to getting computer viruses. Others are trying to get you to look at porn sites.

See the tweet below to see how to have more control of your Twitter account to mute those eggheads on Twitter soon.

What Else Is Twitter Doing To Prevent Abuse?

Twitter is allowing more muting functions available – You could mute everyone that you don’t follow but I would not recommend it. Why be there if you are not participating right? Besides you can use your Twitter lists more and that will also cut back on the noise and keep you focused on Twitter. I would use muting on a limited basis.

Twitter will now notify you when you they have checked into your reports of spam and blocked users. It will be visible in your notifications tap. They are trying to make it a better experience for all of us on Twitter. They say they are listening to our suggestions. So don’t be afraid to tweet them with yours. (@Support)

Twitter says all these new updates could take days and weeks to accomplish. These changes have to be done on many platforms and in many languages. Twitter tends to do rollouts whenever they make changes. So if you can’t do them yet, check back in a week and try again.

Hiding Twitter Profiles

Twitter is now testing hiding some sensitive account profiles. Twitter did introduce a new function to remove potentially sensitive tweets too. You will not know unless someone tells you that you are being hidden. Maybe that should change? I think it may be better if they would let users know and give them a chance to respond to the allegations of having sensitive material. If they don’t respond in a timely manner I would tend to agree with Twitter.

You may adjust this in your Twitter settings if you want to see sensitive material or not in your tweets. It’s at the very bottom of your Twitter settings.

Twitter Safety

Searching on Twitter Safely

You can also adjust your search results in Twitter to not show sensitive content or blocked accounts or those that you have muted. This is a great way to set your children’s Twitter accounts up. It will prevent them from such sensitive content on the network. You can do this in their settings and filters.

Of course there has always been a Twitter Jail. You could land there if you follow or unfollow too many people on Twitter too quickly or use automated systems that go behind their follow ratio guidelines. You account would get suspended for up to 48 hours. Twitter has had over 30 rules so it’s wise to pay attention when Twitter makes updates that could impact you or your business.

Customer Service Updates On Twitter

Companies on Twitter can now apply to Twitter to have their employee’s image come up when direct messages are going back and forth on Twitter for customer service inquiries. This makes the Twitter users feel better about communicating on Twitter. They can see a human being behind the account. If you are interested you may apply here.  This is in beta and is being rolled out as well. I’ve had great success in the past with airlines using Twitter for customer service. I didn’t see a face but got my issues resolved very quickly.

Twitter EggheadsAre you happy to see these new Twitter changes and a way to finally lose the eggheads on Twitter?

Or are you worried about too much censoring on the Twitter network?

Please leave a comment below so we can discuss it.

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30 comments On You Can Now Mute Those Eggheads On Twitter

  • So glad to be able to mute the egg heads. Would be nice to be able to block all of the fake accounts with 0 tweets from following, but I guess that is just a dream…

  • Hi Lisa,

    Good tips here.

    I personally dislike the eggheads on Twitter. Put a picture up and stop hiding behind an egg.

    It’s been a little while since I’ve been on Twitter so I didn’t know about the muting uption, but thank goodness it’s there. I wonder what would constitute as sensetive information? And if there is, why put it up there?

    • Hi Andrew, thank you. LOL, I know right? The only ones I connect with are the ones I know who just start out on Twitter. And believe me, I do let them know about being an egghead 🙂 You are missing out if you haven’t been on Twitter Andrew…..some people don’t understand that word – sensitive. (or just don’t care!) Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of the week Andrew.
      Lisa recently posted…You Can Now Mute Those Eggheads On TwitterMy Profile

  • Hi Lisa, some great tips here, I don’t really do Twitter. It just doesn’t float my boat, and I dislike spammy anythings and I find a lot of that on Twitter. Maybe it’s because it’s so brief.

    Enjoy the journey!

  • Hey Lisa,
    Great option of muting eggheads as they are really unknown, I also agree with gaurav as blocking is also one of the option to stay uninterrupted., but your mute option is really new to me as.
    Thanks for sharing

  • Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for always keeping us updated with the latest on social media. And thank you for showing us how to must those eggheads! I love that Twitter is giving us more features like this.

    I have some eggheads following my but I haven’t blocked them. They haven’t done anything or tried to reach out so I’m going to assume they like my tweets. 😉

    Great post as always Lisa! Have a great week!

    Cori
    Cori Ramos recently posted…5 Reasons Why You’re Not Approved For Sponsored CampaignsMy Profile

    • Hi Cori, You are welcome. It’s hard sometimes to decide whether to block them or not when they haven’t done anything, right? It’s similiar to getting comments when you are not sure if they are spam, you have to hit delete but yet….at times you must. Thanks for coming by once again Cori. I hope your mom and family are doing well. Have a great rest of the week.
      Lisa recently posted…You Can Now Mute Those Eggheads On TwitterMy Profile

  • Hello Lisa,
    yes mute option is good for ignoring eggheads or else we can simply block them to whom we dont want to get indulge on twitter as we are not sure about their identity, But thanks for the suggestion.

  • Lisa: I am all for Twitter’s safety measures. Now it is time for Twitter to do something about the follow limit rule, hindering serious tweeps like me to increase the number of followers now and then. 😉

  • Hey Lisa,

    Really amazing stuff. Most of time we see commonly people hide their face but I didn’t understand if they need to develop their brand infront of world – why they hide? From my opinion, I didn’t follow those person who doesn’t have virtual face, it can be annoying moment for everybody including Twitter itself. Eventually, thanks for revealing a light on this subject.

    With best wishes,

    Amar kumar

    • Hi Amar, thank you. I think some are on Twitter to learn or stay abreast of news.
      But if they are on for business or networking they really need their photo or logo.
      Thanks for coming by and have a wonderful day Amar.

  • Hi Lisa,

    I love the look of your blog. So clean and clear. Well done 😉

    Good news on breaking a few of these eggheads. As Donna said, fit for scrambling. Because 99% of eggheads are not using Twitter right, anyway. 1 in a 100 will want to share value and build friendships. Most hide away for a good reason.

    Ryan
    Ryan Biddulph recently posted…How to Make Money Online if You’re Flat Broke (Amazon eBook)My Profile

  • Hi Lisa,

    My goodness…now I have a way to get rid of those egg heads and scramble them lol.

    I didn’t know I could go to Twitter jail for deleting too many people in a short time. Great to know because sometimes when I want to clean things up, I do it all at once. Thanks for that tid bit of a learning curve too!

    -Donna
    Donna Merrill recently posted…Amazingly Simple Solutions To Your Biggest Blogging ChallengeMy Profile

  • Hey Lisa,

    Having an egghead picture directly points towards the spam.

    Though the beginners are afraid to show their faces. They should understand that to build a personal brand need your identity to get revealed.

    Those eggheads can be annoying. Someone follows you and you keep thinking whether to follow or not.

    Thanks for exploring it.

    ~Ravi
    Ravi Chahar recently posted…16 Powerful Ways to Get Noticed In This Competitive Internet World.My Profile

  • Hi Lisa,

    usually I don’t follow any eggheads besides one or two exceptions. Don’t know why those never put an avatar up anyway.
    However, as an egghead is typically one of the indicators for a spam account, I also unfollow those who deleted their profile pic after I followed them during a follow/unfollow sessions.

    Thanks for keeping us up to date with everything Twitter.

    Have an exciting weekend,
    Torsten

  • Hi Lisa,

    Love finding out new things about Twitter. I don’t care for muting. When I get Eggheads tweeting me or following me, I instantly BLOCK them. They are up to no good and I don’t have time to be bothered. I do, however, like the update to the sensitive tweets. Some of those “adult” profile images and other “images” I like to keep out of my stream. That will be a definite plus!

    Thanks for sharing these tips!

    By the way, not sure if it’s just me but the comment box is very tiny and on the left quarter of the screen. Is it supposed to be like that?

    B

  • Hi Lisa,
    A very interesting read – I did not know that all of these changes were afoot. Seems like a step in the right direction as long as the filters are accurate. Thanks for letting us know!

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