Go ahead, we won’t judge you.
Twitter now comes with a mute button.
There’s finally a way to silence those annoying feeds you’re sick of reading to help keep things like political rants, your friend’s excessive family photos and online trolls out of sight — and mind.
While the new Twitter update won’t zap away all the trolls or bad behavior that often happens on the site, it did roll out tools to silence some of the noise from newly registered accounts, people you don’t follow and people who don’t follow you. You can also isolate people without a confirmed email address or phone number to help manage spam.
And it can all be done with a few simple swipes: Log in to Twitter and go to the notifications tab. Tap the settings button on the upper right. Go to the “Advanced” filters section. Then pick the notifications you want to mute.
There’s even an option to mute words and hashtags. For example, if you mute the word “unicorn” both the word and the hashtag will be omitted from your feed. And clicking the “Quality” filter prevents getting duplicate Tweets and automated content, which is helpful if you’re using the site for news gathering.
You can mute your “friends” on other social media platforms too without having to awkwardly unfriend them. Here’s how:
When your news feed becomes a cluster of political debates, friends over-sharing photos of their kids or an unwanted look into someone’s personal diary (can their browsers just permanently crash already?), it’s time to click “unfollow.”
It’s the best way to silence the noise in your news feed without hurting someone’s feelings with the harsh “Unfriend,” notification that lets them know you dissed them.Simply visit the friend’s profile and hit “unfollow.” You’ll still technically be friends, but now their posts won’t clog up your news feed.
The photo sharing app is a window into someone’s life now more than ever with their new “Instagram Story” option that pops up at the top of your feed with more photos and short video clips.
Instagram doesn’t have a functionality to mute someone’s photos from showing up in your feed, but you can get ride of their stories. Open Instagram and go to the top of your photo feed. Swipe through the stories at the top until you stumble on the person’s you want to mute. Tap on the photo and hold down. An option to mute [Account Name’s] story will come up. Click it and watch it disappear.
Deleting people from a site you could potentially get another job from is not exactly professional.
So instead, if someone is over-posting (or, in this case, over-boasting about their achievements), simply click the arrow in the top right corner of their last post and hit “Unfollow” to stay connected, but ignore their feed moving forward.
This app meant for posting quick, 10 second videos can get time consuming – and can spiral into mass procrastination – especially if you get random snaps that can clutter your feed.
Open Snapchat, then tap the gear-shaped icon on the top right to open the settings menu.
Scroll down to the list “Who Can…” Click on the “Send Me Snaps” button and set it to “My Friends.” This will prevent random people from sending you photos.
You can’t mute someone’s Snapchat story on your feed unless you delete them entirely, but you can easily skip it. Just swipe left when their story starts and it will instantly go straight to the next person’s.
Snapchat users can see when you view their story, but they’ll never know if you skip it so it’s harmless.
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