Twitter Testing Mute Button for Android and iOS

Twitter gives certain users the ability to quiet those they are following, but still message and receive notifications from them.

Everyone knows that one person, the one with way too much time available. The one that tweets about everything that happens in the day, those tweets become excessive and over the top for many, annoying comes to mind instead of entertaining and informative. However, now Twitter has come up with a way to keep that person quiet.

Reports show that users are starting to see on their apps that operate on iOS and Android a mute button. The button lets the user follow others without actually having to see their tweets and re-tweets on their own feed.

It is different from un-following as when you mute a twitter user you can still send out and receive direct messages from that same user along with notifications through tagging. The user can also be un-muted at anytime.

Since the microblogging company is known for adding new features to a test, it is unknown if the button will stick and if everyone will get one.

Alex Roetter the vice president for engineering said in September of 2013 that a common thread amongst recent releases is experimentation.

Roetter said small groups of the more than 225 million users have been used to determine what will be released. He added that these types of tests are a way to deliver the best possible product and experience to Twitter users.

Ultimately said Roetter the goal was for Twitter to learn and to keep making their product better, as the launch of certain tools is not to launch a new product by to make the existing product the best it can be.

The mute button would be good to have if you needed to follow certain Twitter users as required for professional reasons.

The mute button follows the decision of Twitter last December to reverse its policy on the blocking of users, allowing users that are blocked to see your tweets as well as follow you.

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