Twitter Mute Guide: Curate Your Twitter Feed!

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8 min readOct 18, 2023
Twitter Mute Guide

Twitter remains a unique platform fostering varied and lively discussions in the constantly changing landscape of social media. While this diversity is a strength, it can be overwhelming when you encounter content or users you’d rather not interact with.

Not every Twitter user shares your interests, and there are times you might want to filter out specific tweets or users from your timeline without unfollowing or blocking them. This is where the muting feature proves valuable.

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In this guide, we’ll explore everything you need to know about muting on Twitter, including how to mute words and users, the difference between muting and blocking, how to tell if you’ve been muted, and so on. We’ll also talk about how Circleboom helps you identify overactive accounts that you might want to mute.

How to Use Twitter Mute?

There are three ways of using Twitter Mute. You can mute tweets/conversations you are tagged within, you can mute words on Twitter and stop them from appearing on your Twitter timeline, and you can completely mute someone on Twitter.

How to Mute a Conversation on Twitter

To mute a conversation you are tagged within, tap or click on the three dots icon at the top right corner of the tweet and select “Mute this conversation”. You can also choose to unmute it later by going for the same icon and selecting “Unmute this conversation”.

Keep in mind that this will only save you from the notifications on that Tweet. You will still be able to see the posts from the conversation in your timeline and view them when you click on the original post.

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How to Mute Words on Twitter

You can mute words on Twitter if you want to avoid profanity, isolate yourself from the Tweets of a specific subject, or completely avoid seeing any Tweets belonging to a specific opinion to curate your timeline as you like.

Muting any word will remove the posts containing it from your notifications tab, push notifications, SMS, email notifications, timeline, and replies.

To mute words on Twitter, follow these steps:

  • Step #1: Access your Twitter settings.
  • Step #2: Choose “Privacy and safety.”
  • Step #3: Scroll down to the “Muted” section and select “Muted words.”
  • Step #4: Click the “+Add” button to enter the words or phrases you wish to mute.

If you want to set a time limit for how long you want to mute them, there are 4 options for that, starting from 24 hours to “until you unmute”. To unmute a word or phrase, tap or click on the red icon next to it and select “Unmute”. You can also choose whether to mute these words from anyone or from people you don’t follow.

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Friendly Reminder: Anyone may want to avoid seeing any words or phrases. It is quite understandable in terms of the personal Twitter experience. But muting what you don’t want to see might not always be a good idea if it starts to drive you into an echo chamber, potentially causing confirmation bias by isolating you from any viewpoints other than your preexisting ones.

For more information on muting words, you may visit the related help page on Twitter.

How to Mute Someone on Twitter

If don’t want to see the Tweets of someone on your timeline but you also don’t want to unfollow or block them, then you might consider muting that person.

Muting a user on Twitter is a straightforward way to temporarily silence their tweets and retweets, curating your Twitter timeline as you’d like it to be without severing your connection with them. Here’s how you can mute someone:

  • Step #1: Visit the profile of the user you want to mute.
  • Step #2: Click on the three-dot menu icon (usually located beside the Follow button).
  • Step #3: Select “Mute @username.”
Mute somebody on Twitter

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To mute someone on Twitter and to mute tweets mentioning that user are two different things. If you want to mute posts mentioning a specific user, you should go to muted on Twitter and add the username with the “@” sign as a word. The posts mentioning the user will be muted, but the user won’t.

There might be many accounts that you might want to mute simply because they are tweeting too often and all you see is their tweets on your timeline. That’s where Circleboom Twitter steps in to help you identify overactive accounts that you follow.

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Who to Mute on Twitter? Find Overactive Accounts with Circleboom

Some accounts may seem too noisy to you and may even prevent you from seeing what you want to see. Or you might simply be losing time scrolling down through all that noise.

If that’s the case, you might want to take a look at these accounts to have a clean and clear Twitter feed. Circleboom Twitter saves you time and effort while doing so. With Circleboom, you can easily identify the overactive accounts. It also helps you see the detailed view of your friends & followers if there are any inactive Twitter accounts, fakes, and spammers.

Here’s a step-by-step explanation of how to do it:

Step #1: Log in to your Circleboom Twitter account.

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Step #2: Authorize and link your Twitter account with Circleboom Twitter.

It should be automatically completed in a few seconds.

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Step #3: On the left menu, you can find the “Overactive Friends” tab.

You can also check the overactive on the right side of your dashboard. We also named them “high engagement” users on Twitter.

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Step #4: You can also use many advanced filters with Circleboom.

You may want to filter out the verified accounts like news sources, global thought leaders, etc. that post very often on Twitter.

Twitter Advanced Filters

Step #5: Voila! You got the overactive listed.

The rest is up to you. You can go to their profiles and mute them if you want.

List your overactive friends and followers

It’s not only the overactive; Circleboom also helps you identify fake and inactive accounts, again if you want to mute them, or maybe even unfollow or block them.

Inactives and Overactives

Now that you know how and who to mute, it’s also worth talking about what happens when you mute someone on Twitter, just to fully inform you about your decision and its possible outcomes.

What Happens When You Mute Someone on Twitter?

  • You can check the list of accounts you muted on Twitter by going to your Twitter muted account settings.
  • You won’t be receiving any push or SMS notifications from the accounts you muted on Twitter.
  • Replies from the accounts you muted on Twitter will not be visible when you’re viewing a conversation.

A good thing about muting is that the accounts you muted on Twitter will not receive a notification or be directly informed that you muted them. However, the vice versa also applies when you become the muted one. So it’s worth wondering the answer to how you can tell if you’ve been muted on Twitter.

How Can You Tell If You’ve Been Muted on Twitter

Unlike seeing who blocked you or who unfollowed you, there’s no direct way to determine who has muted you on Twitter, as Twitter doesn’t offer an official feature for this. This discreet nature of muting makes it an effective tool for managing your Twitter experience without causing potential social discomfort or conflicts.

But if things are the other way around and you think of yourself to be the muted one, you might want to dig a little deeper. To know if someone has muted you, you need to notice certain signs, such as a lack of interaction or engagement with your tweets on their end, or a noticeable absence of your tweets and retweets in their timeline.

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If you think that you’re muted by many users because your engagement rates dropped, we’d like to remind you that it doesn’t have to be the case. But instead, this might indicate that you’ve been shadowbanned on Twitter.

However, if you’re still suspicious about being muted by someone and want to be sure, we might give you a tip on how to tell if you’ve been muted on Twitter.

You may try to indirectly identify someone who has muted you by responding to several of their older tweets with questions. If they don’t respond, it’s possible they have muted you, especially if they typically engage with their followers.

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Keep in mind that this method may not work if the user has a large following and doesn’t interact with most responses. Or oppositely, the user might not be that active on Twitter and won’t even know that you’ve commented on an old post for a long time.

Telling if you’ve been muted or not doesn’t happen as directly as detecting that you’re blocked by a user, but you might consider blocking to be a bit harsher. So let’s take a look at the main differences between Twitter mute vs. block.

Twitter Mute vs. Block

Muting is the preferred option when you wish to avoid specific content without completely disconnecting from a user. Blocking a user, however, completely prevents them from following you, viewing your tweets, and interacting with you.

  • You can still interact with the users you muted on Twitter and even send direct messages to each other.
  • If you’re not already following the users you muted on Twitter, you can also follow them while still keeping them muted on Twitter.
  • On the contrary, if you’re already following an account you muted on Twitter, muting them doesn’t mean unfollowing them.
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Summary

Twitter muting is a valuable tool for customizing your experience on this dynamic platform. By understanding the nuances of muting and its alternatives, you can regain control over your Twitter feed and ensure that your time on the platform is both enjoyable and tailored to your preferences.

If you want to mute specific users or keywords, Twitter provides the options and tools you need. And if you’re seeking advanced solutions to manage overactive accounts, you definitely need to check Circleboom out is always here to help.

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Originally published at https://circleboom.com on October 18, 2023.

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