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Twitter testing ability to mute accounts in official mobile apps

updated 02:00 pm EDT, Sun May 4, 2014

Mobile app feature similar to Tweetdeck's muting of followed accounts

A mute feature has started appearing in official Twitter clients for Android and iOS, according to reports, meaning that widespread use of the feature may be available in the near future. The mute feature would allow a user to stop the tweets and retweets of someone they follow from showing up on their timeline.

Muting would happen unbeknownst to the person on the receiving end, but direct messages between the two accounts and notifications would still be enabled. A mute would remain in effect until manually undone by the user, as no expiration for the mute is able to be set. The feature gives Twitter users a way to skirt around social obligations to follow people without actually having to unfollow or block people whom they may not wish to see comments from.

Third-party applications, including Tweetdeck before its acquisition by Twitter in 2011 and Tweetbot, had already implemented muting features within their clients. Tweetbot specifically allows for users to set a predefined time limit on the mute.

To see if the feature is enabled for an account, users can select the profile of the user they wish to mute and select the gear icon below the profile picture. If "mute @username" appears in the list, then the account holder will be able to utilize the feature for the time being.

Twitter hasn't commented on the feature directly, but instead has directed people to a 2013 blog post in which company VP of engineering Alex Roetter states that "it's rare for a day to go by when we're not releasing at least one experiment."





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