There are a handful of third party clients out there that let you mute people you follow on Twitter. The feature comes in handy when you don’t necessarily want to unfollow someone but have no interest in what they’re incessantly tweeting at a given point in time. Its a good way to keep your timeline clean of live tweets from an event you have no interest in. Twitter today officially rolled out the mute feature for its iPhone and Android apps, as well as for twitter.com.
A couple of weeks back we picked up on a report claiming that this feature was being tested. Twitter initially only rolled out the mute feature to a handful of users. The test seems to have gone well given that now the feature has officially been made public.
Muting someone you follow on Twitter means that their tweets and retweets won’t appear in your timeline unless you unmute them. You will not receive push or SMS notifications from that particular user throughout the time they’re muted, though the user will be able to reply, retweet and favorite your tweets. Users will not know if someone mutes them, which is good since it would probably be an awkward conversation trying to explain to someone why you’re not interested in most of their 140-character bursts of genius.
Twitter says that over the coming weeks the mute feature will be rolled out to everyone across the web, iPhone and Android applications.