How to use advanced muting options on Twitter. Twitter may not be the most popular social networking platform, but it certainly is the most widely used microblogging platform and sees a lot of user activity – not all of that activity can be pleasant, considering the large number of trolls online and the challenges of moderating a large platform like Twitter.
However, if you’ve had a bad experience on the platform, do not lose hope. There are several ways to shield yourself from unwanted attention on the platform, and you do not have to make your profile private to achieve that. Let’s take a look at how you can power up your filtering and muting skills on Twitter in a matter of minutes.
Muting options for words and hashtags
You might see content in Tweets you’d like to avoid. We give you the option to mute Tweets that contain particular words, phrases, usernames, emojis, or hashtags. Muting will remove these Tweets from your Notifications tab, push notifications, SMS, email notifications, Home timeline, and from replies to Tweets.
Muting words, phrases, usernames, emojis, and hashtags overview:
- Muting is case-insensitive. For example:
- If you add “CATS” to your mute list, any mention of “cats” will be muted from your notifications.
- You can include punctuation within a word or phrase when muting. Punctuation at the end of a word or phrase is not necessary.
- Muting a word will mute both the word itself and its hashtag. For example:
- If you mute “unicorn”, both “unicorn” and “#unicorn” will be muted from your notifications.
- To mute Tweet notifications, Tweets in the Home timeline, or from replies to Tweets that mention a particular account, you must include the @ sign before the name. Doing this will mute Tweets notifications that mention that account, but won’t mute the account itself.
- Words, phrases, usernames, emojis, and hashtags up to the max character count can be muted.
- Muting is possible across all Twitter-supported languages.
- Muting is set to a default time period of Forever. Instructions on how to adjust the mute time period is listed below for supported devices.
- You can view a list of your muted words (and unmute them) in your settings.
- Recommendations delivered to you via email or through Twitter will not suggest content that includes your muted words and hashtags.