What is the one popular feature that most third-party Twitter apps have in common? It turns out to be the mute feature, a feature which has been enough to keep users on apps like Tweetbot and Twitterific. Such is the popularity of the mute function that it is hardly a surprise to see it being incorporated into the official Twitter app.
Mute is what is says, it allows you to shut up those annoying people on your Twitter feed while still giving the impression that you are following them. So if you have someone babbling non stop on Twitter and spouting more garbage than the average Twitter user, you will now be able to mute them.
This removes their tweets and retweets from your timeline without you having to unfollow them altogether. It is a gentle way of essentially blocking someone, they will never know they are muted and will still be able to favourite, reply and retweet you.
Should they become less annoying you can always unmute them at a later stage and their tweets will reappear in your timeline again. This is a feature I have been longing to come to the official Twitter app for quite some time. I am a fan of the official app more than I am of the third party clients on offer but one thing I have always yearned for is the mute function on the official app.
Both iOS and Android versions will have it and it will also be rolled out onto the main web interface as well. As per usual there is no set time frame for when these new features are going to arrive apart from, “in the coming weeks.” So you will have to endure those ramblings for just a bit longer, however the fact that the feature is on the way is more than enough for me.
Keep an eye out though, users (including myself) have started to see the button arriving on their devices in the past day or so.
Will you be using the mute function on the Twitter app?