3 Tools To Help You Stay Safe and Sane On Twitter

Twitter is great but good heavens, it is like a hive mind out there and the noise can drive you crazy.

Amidst the noise, one can easily lose sight of contents that matters to you most.

Over the last few months, Twitter has introduced several features to help you quite the noise by giving you more tools to manage what you see, who you interact with, and when you receive notifications from Twitter.

You can now:

Mute:

Rather than see content in Tweets you’d like to avoid, you can manage what you see in your timeline and notifications by using the “Mute function”. Muting a conversation stops notifications related to a Tweet you’re mentioned in, without blocking anyone or removing the conversation from your Home timeline.

To mute a conversation via twitter.com, or from your Twitter for iOS or Android app:

  1. Go to the Tweet detail of any Tweet or a reply in the conversation you wish to mute.
  2. Click or tap the twitter icon icon.
  3. Tap Mute this conversation.

See Advanced muting options on Twitter for more option.

 
How to mute conversation on Twitter
 

 
How to mute words on Twitter
 

Filter Notifications:

With “Notification Filters”, you get an extra level of control by filtering the types of accounts you see in your notifications. You decide whether or not you want to see notifications from accounts that:

  • You don’t follow
  • Have a default profile photo
  • Don’t have a confirmed email
  • Don’t have a confirmed phone number

To set filters on the web:

  1. Go to your Notifications timeline.
  2. To filter your notifications, click on Settings.
  3. Check the box of your preferred filter(s) to turn on.

To set filters using Twitter for iOS:

  1. Go to your Notifications timeline
  2. Tap on the gear icon
  3. Tap Advanced filters.
  4. Drag the slider next to your preferred filter(s) to turn on.

To set filters using Twitter for Android:

  1. Go to your Notifications timeline
  2. Tap on the gear icon.
  3. Tap Advanced filters.
  4. Check the box of your preferred filter(s) to turn on.

 
How to filter Twitter notifications
 

Learn more about the Notifications timeline

 

Block

You can now choose who sees you and can instantly block any account. When you do, that account holder can’t see your Tweets or send you a message while they’re logged in. If your profile is public, users you have blocked may still be able to see your Tweets if they are logged out.

To block a Twitter account on the web

Blocking from a Tweet:

  1. Click the icon located at the top of a Tweet from the account you wish to block.
  2. Click Block, and then select Block to confirm.


Blocking from a profile:

  1. Go to the profile page of the account you wish to block.
  2. Click the more icon on their profile page.
  3. Select Block from the menu.
  4. Click Block to confirm.

To block an account on Twitter for iOS

Blocking from a Tweet:

  1. Tap the icon located at the top of a Tweet from the account you wish to block.
  2. Tap Block, and then select Block to confirm.


Blocking from a profile:

  1. Visit the profile page of the account you wish to block.
  2. Tap the gear icon
  3. Tap Block, and then select Block to confirm.

To block an account on Twitter for Android

Blocking from a Tweet:

  1. Tap the icon located at the top of a Tweet from the account you wish to block.
  2. Tap Block, and then select Block to confirm.


Blocking from a profile:

  1. Visit the profile page of the account you wish to block.
  2. Tap the overflow icon
  3. Tap Block, and then select Block to confirm.

 

To unblock a Twitter account:

  1. Visit the blocked account’s profile on Twitter.
  2. Click or tap the Blocked button.
  3. Confirm you wish to unblock the account by selecting Unblock on Twitter for iOS, and Yes on Twitter for Android.

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