Twitter has been known to publically test beta features among a small group of users. Such was the case a couple of weeks ago when some users reported seeing a mute option in the Android and iOS Twitter app. Sometimes these features make the cut, sometimes they don’t.
In the case of the mute feature, Twitter deemed its functionality useful enough to include it in the general release and announced the addition via blog post earlier today.
It’s available to people that use the Twitter app for Android and iOS and well as on twitter.com, effectively allowing you to silence tweets from people that you’d like to hear from less. As the post outlines, muting a user means their tweets and retweets will no longer be visible in your timeline and you will no longer receive push or SMS notifications from said user.
The muted user will still be able to fave, reply to and retweet your tweets; you just simply won’t see any of that activity. As such, the person or persons you’ve muted won’t know they have been muted (unless of course they catch on to the fact that you aren’t replying to their messages).
To mute a user over mobile from their profile page, simply tap the gear icon then select the mute option. The same can also be done directly from a tweet, we’re told.
Twitter will be rolling the feature out to everyone over the coming weeks.