Thursday, 15 May 2014

Twitter Introduces Mute Feature


On Monday, Twitter announced that it’s rolling out a “mute” feature. The update will allow you to temporarily eliminate a person from your feed so that you will no longer see her tweets in your timeline or receive push or SMS notifications from her on your phone.

Though the mutee is still able to fave, retweet, and reply to your tweets for anyone else to see, those notifications won’t show up in your timeline either. And here’s the sneaky part: The person you decide to ignore will have no idea she’s been muted.
 This update is part of a steady stream of changes Twitter has implemented in a recent attempt to make its service more appealing to a wider audience. Others include more image-heavy profile pages, pinned tweets, and the ability to share multiple photos in one tweet.
In theory, the mute function might be incredibly helpful when a specific event hijacks your feed and you need a break.

Passively tuning a person out is a very human way of communicating. You’re having a bad day, someone is bugging you over text, so you just don’t reply or care to look at what he has to say. It doesn’t mean you completely reject his existence as a human being; it’s just that there’s so much noise out there that sometimes it’s nice to have a volume button.  
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