How To Mute Words On Twitter And Avoid Being Muted

Twitter rolled out the mute button feature over 8 years ago, giving users more control over the content they see in their feeds. When someone mutes another user, they effectively turn that person’s tweets off in their feed. Learn how to mute words on Twitter.

Of course, blocking or unfollowing are also options for those who want to stop seeing someone’s content on Twitter. However, mute is a less drastic measure that can be used when someone simply wants to take a break from a particular person or topic.

So how can you avoid getting muted on Twitter? Will you get the mute on Twitter? Will your keywords or phrases be eliminated by your followers?

how to avoid the Twitter mute
Learn how you can avoid being muted on Twitter by others.

How Not To Get The Mute On Twitter

I’m not sure if many peeps have used this mute feature on Twitter in the past 8 years or are using it still today. I know I used it a few times myself instead of unfollowing someone.

Here are some tips to help you NOT get muted on Twitter anymore.

9 Ways to Avoid Getting the Mute on Twitter

1. Don’t Over Tweet To Avoid Mute On Twitter

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 (and followers) via Tweepsmap (now called Fedica) even with their FREE program. I love it!  (There are other programs that can do this.)

2. Be Sure To Tweet

This is the opposite 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. Power Twitter users may have a program that shows them who has not tweeted in 2 weeks or more.

Usually, they will unfollow inactive Twitter users.

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 280 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.

If you like to be wordy with your tweets, you can always use the Twitter threads that have become very popular.

5. Make Sure Your Profile Is Up To Date

Your Twitter profile and your favorite tweet should be current. If your profile information is old you may get muted on Twitter or be unfollowed.

Make sure you have a photo and not an egghead. Hence, many users will not follow eggheads or those with lots of numbers near the name on their Twitter profile 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 one of the times I would consider muting a user for a short period of time).

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.

Now, they have a tool they can use to mute this type of foul language from their Twitter stream.

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.

Remember, people don’t want to be sold on social media. They are there to be entertained or to get information.

9. Interact Vs. Mute On Twitter

Last but not least, 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 GarstNeal Schaffer below, or Gail Gardner as shown above.

Examples of Real Interaction On Twitter

How Does The Expanded Mute Feature Work On Twitter?

Like most new features on Twitter, this expanded mute feature was rolled out to various users at various times. People will be able to mute your tweets so they don’t show up in their stream or Twitter home timeline.

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 really a good thing in my book.

Therefore, 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.

Muting Eliminates Abuse

Twitter has done this to try to eliminate some of the online abuse that goes on their social network. This came about after the last United States presidential election brought out some of the worst in people.

Of course, the censorship that followed became out of control. Why didn’t Twitter let its users decide which content to mute or just unfollow accounts?

Therefore, many people left Twitter for alternative social media networks. Time will tell soon what happens with the newest owner, Elon Musk.

How To Mute Words On Twitter via Notifications

Just go to your Twitter account and select settings – You will find muted words under muted accounts near the bottom of the list. Next, tap muted words and enter the word.

You can pick a specific word or other word phrases as well as usernames.

It’s as simple as that!  You can also unmute the words at any time as well.

You may still mute users by clicking on the more button on 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.

The muted Twitter users will still be able to retweet you and favorite your tweets. Hence, they will also be able to reply to any of your tweets. This gives users more flexibility on the network today.

You can mute by days or 30 days.

Your Turn: How To Mute On Twitter

How do you feel about the expanded mute words on Twitter for your Twitter features? Will you be using the mute on the Twitter button? What type of words on Twitter would you mute? I’d love to know more about your thoughts on this in the comments.
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  • When I tweet I almost never include a sales offer. It’s usually short and to the point and something helpful. And I’ll include a link back to a resource that I think my followers will find helpful. This doesn’t always prevent my tweets from getting muted, but it’s a good step in the right direction.

  • I mute people and words all the time. I’m not playing with people; I use it for entertainment and business purposes, not to get into debates with radicals… some of whom I agree with. lol I find these days that I’m muting more people I’m connected to who post way too much (10 posts an hour 24 hours a day at a minimum is waaaayyyyy too much!) but stay connected with them for… well, I’m not sure why. 🙂

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Mitch, good for you! I have blocked a few this a.m. with naked bodies in their profiles. I can’t believe these types still get through on the Twitter network. That’s not a lot if a person has a ton of followers to tweet out but if you don’t follow a lot it can be very annoying! That’s why I love using lists. You are on at least 2 of mine 🙂
      Thanks for the feedback on this one Mitch and I hope you having a good weekend and that the snow is melting there!

  • Darrell Harris says:

    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.

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks Darrell, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. I agree, Twitter is my favorite go-to social platform by far. You are welcome and I hope you have a great New Year Darrell.

  • Shivankar says:

    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.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Shavianker, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. Yes brands are people too and brands should have personality. Otherwise they become boring and people will not interact with them. Brands can engage others with questions and fun quotes. Another way is via stories. (or Twitter Moments). I hope that helps!

      • Shivankar says:

        Yes that makes perfect sense, will surely try these stuff to increase the brand power.

        Thank you and Happy New Year 🙂

  • Jelina Roy says:

    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.


    • Lisa says:

      Hi Jelina, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. I’d love to know your Twitter handle so I could help you out…It does take time and you need patience. It doesn’t happen quickly but once it does it can snowball. Thanks for coming by!

  • Neena says:

    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.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Neena, you are welcome. Me too, – I live by those Twitter lists of mine 🙂
      I like the mute for very foul language and it will be good during the next election. You can always unmute too afterwards.
      Thanks for coming by today and for taking the time to comment on this one. Enjoy the rest of the week Neena!

  • LH Louis says:

    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.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Louis, you can still following people but muting them lets you see less in your stream from them. There is a little difference and the new mute words or phrases is a BIG difference. You can stop certain keywords from showing in your stream. Thanks for coming by,have a great day!

  • Janice says:

    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.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Janice, it’s a pretty cool feature to use occasionally on Twitter. I especially like the words or phrases option now. Thanks Janice. Have a great day and Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Amar kumar says:

    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

    • Lisa says:

      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.

  • Adrian Jock says:

    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!

    • Lisa says:

      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.

      • Adrian Jock says:

        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! 🙂

        • Lisa says:

          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.

          • Adrian Jock says:

            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)

  • Ali Haider says:

    Thanks For Sharing This Informative Post 🙂

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

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Ali, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. You are welcome. It’s a great feature and easy to use too. Thanks for coming by and have a great day!

  • Ravi Chahar says:

    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.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Ravi, thank you. Oh yes all those tags can surely get annoying. You just gave me idea to use follow back as one of those to mute. You are welcome Ravi and thanks for coming by on this one. Have a great day ahead there.

  • 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!

    • Lisa says:

      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!

  • 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!


    • Lisa says:

      Hi Ryan, I guess you do that same as Brenda – LOL. I do both. Yes, I agree Ryan, the shorter the tweet, the better in most cases. It certainly makes it easier for others to share. You are welcome Ryan and I appreciate your time to come by and comment today.

  • Bren Pace says:

    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!


    • Lisa says:

      Hi Bren, True huh? I love the option of choosing mute or unfollow. And picking words or phrases to not show up in my Twitter stream is nice too. I picked the four letter word to mute. I sure wish they was an exact feature like that on Facebook Brenda. Thanks for coming by and have a great evening there!

  • Mark says:

    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!

    • Akaahan Terungwa says:

      I cannot agree more with you, Mark. What really scares the hell out of me is the less visibility that would of necessity follow. I don’t think that’s a great idea. Do you?


    • Lisa says:

      Thank you Mark. I think it would work well for Twitter chats. Others than that I think unfollow is appropriate. Time will surely tell us. Thanks for your input Mark and have a great new week and month!

  • Ileane says:

    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!

    • Lisa says:

      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.

  • Akaahan Terungwa says:

    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!


    • Lisa says:

      That’s how I feel Akaahan, less visibility = not good! I think it would be okay to use for those who do Twitter chats. Thanks for taking the time to comment and have a great week there Akaahan.

  • Tim Bonner says:

    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.

    • Lisa says:

      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.

  • Peter Kanayo says:

    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.

  • Peter Kanayo says:

    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

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Peter – yes and Twitter is my favorite social network. Sort of my “expertise”…..I’m not sure I’ll like the mute feature, I prefer to use lists or unfollow. I will give it time though. You are welcome and thanks for coming by again and taking the time to comment Peter.

  • Steven Wilson says:

    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!

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Steven, I so agree! Unfollow sends a message and keeps our stream clean. You can also use lists – I love that feature on Twitter. Thanks for coming by and for your input Steven, have a good day.

  • Jens-Petter Berget says:

    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

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Jens, if you have enough followers you can tweet more and not have many unfollow as long as more follow you, right? I tweet and RT a lot too between Triberr and the Buffer, etc. You will know as you will see a drop in followers. Thanks for coming by Jens and have a great day.

  • Sudipto says:

    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.

    • Lisa says:

      You are welcome Sudipto. I still don’t understand why Twitter wants to have this feature. I think unfollow and lists are just perfect as they are. Time will tell how this feature will play out. Thanks for coming by Suidpto and have a good day.

  • Vicky says:

    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!

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Vicky, don’t you love using the lists? I do. They keep me more organized via Twitter and it’s a great way to look for things quickly. Thanks for coming by and you too, have a great day.

  • Debbie says:

    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!

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Debbie, I so agree. I don’t like the secretiveness of it at all. I would rather put them in a list or unfollow altogether. Let’s see how it works out when rolled out to all users. Thanks for coming by Debbie and have a good day.

  • 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! 🙂

    • Lisa says:

      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.

  • Veronica Singleton says:

    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.


    • Lisa says:

      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.

  • Samir says:

    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.

    • Lisa says:

      There sure are more ways for using Twitter Samir. I’ve gotten to know a lot of people and made friends locally and from afar. It’s a wonderful network. You are welcome and have a great rest of the week there Samir.

  • Corina Ramos says:

    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!

    • Lisa says:

      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.

  • Adrienne says:

    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.


    • Lisa says:

      Hi Adrienne, me too. I also use lists a lot to see a better stream on Twitter. Leave tweet option – that’s an interesting one Adrienne. Oh yes, I’ve been working on that one now since your post on it. It does make it cleaner to just tweet the original person back. After a while you are not sure who that is if you keep responding to all. LOL. Yes, the annoying ones, just unfollow is the best option! You are welcome and thanks for your input. Enjoy the rest of your week Adrienne.

    • Adrienne, I thought the funniest thing after you wrote that article were the people who were guilty of RT’ing everyone you thanked for sharing the article! 😆

  • 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.


    • Lisa says:

      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!

  • Bren says:

    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?

    • Lisa says:

      Bren, I so agree with you on it would be a better feature on Facebook. I use lists on Twitter or just unfollow to cut down on the so called noise. I don’t think it will be a useful tool, not a fan of it but let’s see how it goes. Thanks for coming by Bren and have a great Wednesday.

    • Hi Bren,

      Facebook does have a mute switch. I wrote an article about it a while back, Fix Your Flooded Facebook Feed (Without Unfriending Anyone) You’re right, it’s more of a necessity on Facebook.

      • Lisa says:

        Hi Carolyn, thank you for that information. I see it’s the use of lists. I have many of those on my Facebook so I don’t share everything with everyone and get unfriended for sharing too much. I love lists on Twitter too. It helps keep us organized and obtaining info quickly.

        • Carolyn says:

          Hi Lisa, Actually, it’s not just the use of lists. There is a Block setting for friends, games, etc. By using the Block tool, people can make their Facebook feeds much more interesting and relevant.

  • 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 🙂

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Harleena, thank you for coming by and adding your input on this one. I think if one wants to reduce the noise they can use lists and just unfollow someone that is quite annoying. I hope you have a good rest of the week Harleena.

    • Akaahan Terungwa says:

      Exactly my thoughts, Harleena…sometimes, the noise is really deafening (and may even make one lose out on some very important tweets!) I just hope it serves the purpose we all believe it would. Otherwise, it would simply mean less visibility for us all!

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