Depending on who you ask, Twitter is a dynamic social network that allows interpersonal connections or a black hole of negativity and ignorance. However, Twitter is still one of our favorite social networks, combining a strange amalgam of microblogging, comedy, and social communities, all with limited characters. It really doesn’t look like anything else on the Internet.
However, Twitter is trying to help users who aren’t interested in going through a lot of nonsense by making it easier to control their content preferences. Whether you report and block a stalker or don’t like a suggested tweet, Twitter allows users to personalize their experience on the platform.
One of the easiest and most important ways to control your Twitter feed is to use the Mute feature, which allows you to hide someone’s tweets online without completely blocking them. But what is the difference between blocking and silence, and can you tell if someone silenced you on Twitter? Keep reading to find out.
Okay, So Someone Did it?
Muting someone on Twitter is a useful way to remove your content from your timeline without blocking it. It’s a useful common ground that improves your Twitter experience while avoiding any awkward IRL social interaction. Maybe you will eventually reconcile. You may not be ready for this level of permanence. Their reasons are yours, but disabling another user is a great way to forget about them slowly and their boring Tweets.
Mute removes his Tweets from his timeline but doesn’t tell the other person what happened. So the answer to the main question of “Can you tell if someone silenced you on Twitter?” It’s negative, as long as they don’t use any plugins. Twitter has designed this feature very specifically with silence and privacy in mind. After all, it would not be very useful to avoid drama if it bothers you.
Silencing someone is not the same as stopping following, and it is not the same as blocking. You can always send a direct message to a silent account and they can send you a DM. You just don’t see their tweets on your timeline. It’s almost the same as preventing someone from following Facebook without getting rid of it.
We all know someone who tweets everything they do, including every meal and every random thought. Most of us have a family member (or 10) with whom we will never agree, but cannot block without causing family drama. These types of people are everywhere, and while they usually don’t hurt, they make using Twitter more difficult than necessary.
However, anyone using TweetDeck may be familiar with the ability to mute accounts. For those who don’t know, TweetDeck is an account management application that works like a Twitter dashboard. Those who have been around for a while may remember Twitter’s “Dashboard App”. This is the new and improved version, so you need to connect the app if you haven’t done so already. To check if someone silenced you in TweetDeck, follow these steps:
Step 1: Open Tweetdeck and create a Start column in the main view.
2nd step: Add the person you suspect has silenced you in this view.
Step 3: Post a Tweet to all of your subscribers, then see if it appears in the Home column.
If you see your Tweet appear in this column, it has not been disabled. If your Tweet does not appear in the column, it is likely that it has been deactivated.
How to mute the sound on Twitter
Silencing someone is quick and easy and doesn’t leave you time to doubt yourself. Just open a Tweet and select the Mute setting. You can also mute someone’s audio as quickly.
To deactivate a tweet:
- Open the Tweet and select the down arrow icon.
- Select Silence.
To mute audio from a user profile:
- Open the profile page of the person you want to deactivate.
- Select the three-dot menu icon on the page.
- Select Mute from the menu.
To activate someone’s sound, simply visit their profile again and select the speaker icon to activate it. The app sometimes differs and has an option that says “You have disabled tweets for this account“. Select Enable silence if you see this.
The many uses of Muting
Silencing someone on Twitter is not only about calming those who share too much or making room for difficult parents. Of course, this is your main goal, but it is also useful if you manage social media accounts for work or as a profession. I used to do both and often used the mute function.
Disabling individual Twitter users is useful both personally and professionally. Personally, you can avoid their Tweets while you stay connected. This avoids some of the embarrassment of blocking or deactivating someone who will likely want to know why or find an exciting new way to harass you. Professionally, this means that you can clean up a commercial Twitter feed, filter marketing, spam, bots, and trolls, and keep your timeline free and clear.
It also means that you can maintain and increase your number of followers without having to think about your tweets. Although a person’s personal subscriber count is always taken as a measure of popularity, companies and organizations should keep it as high as possible to gain validity and recognition for the business or group that they support. Mute keeps the numbers but cleans the flow.