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?
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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.
Twitter is not about getting as many followers as possible. Publish helpful tweets. Make friends by chatting with people. The rest takes care of itself.
— Ryan Biddulph | Blogging From Paradise (@RyanBiddulph) October 10, 2022
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?
Gobble Gobble pic.twitter.com/ungkzunRBo
— Gail Gardner (@GrowMap) October 8, 2022
Examples of Real Interaction On Twitter
I’m curious to hear more about threads! I keep seeing pics of your kids. Grown, beautiful, and handsome. Your husband would be proud of all of you. ❤️
— ☆Bren☆ 🐶🐶 (@PibblesNMe) July 7, 2023
We’ve had roughly an inch of rain, total, over the past 8 weeks here in southern Minnesota. Could you send some of that precipitation our way, please? That would be most appreciated!🌧️🌦️⛈️
— Tom Pick | #B2Bmarketing guy (@TomPick) July 7, 2023
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?
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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