If you're not already tweeting, join us. It truly is my favorite thing on the Internet. Tied with cat videos.
And to get you started, I'll point you to my favorite go-to Beginner's Guide to Twitter by Michael Hyatt (@michaelhyatt).
For those of us already tweeting, the network rolled out a new feature this week: muting. Muting a user on Twitter means their tweets and retweets will no longer be visible in your home timeline.
The first question about muting is this:
@SarahMillerArt Fair question. For me, muting says "I really like you, but don't want to listen to you." Which is true for people IRL too.
— Jamie Golden (@JamiesRabbits) May 14, 2014
I'm southern and I'm always concerned with wrapping things "in pretty." An unfollow is prettier if it's just an anonymous mute. The real-life equivalent is hiding behind shelves of toilet paper to dodge people you know in Wal-Mart.
What other reasons might you mute someone? Why might you end up being muted? I asked Twitter and it answered. Here's a sample of the responses that are good lessons for Facebook too. Let's pay close attention.
@JamiesRabbits Over-tweeting. Complaining. Negativity. Over-critical.Note: Posting more than 10-15 times each day is a lot (not counting replies). Step away from your computersmartphonetablet and pluck your eyebrows. Or parent your children.
— Ashley Beaudin (@ashleybeaudin) May 14, 2014
@JamiesRabbits annoying retweets, too many NSFW tweets
— Melissa (@MelFin80) May 14, 2014
@JamiesRabbits Bad hair.
— Tracey Reid (@dietcokeluvr) May 14, 2014
@JamiesRabbits to keep myself from sinning. ie Judging mercilessly.Note: I mute folks who post pictures of their feet for the same reason.
— Rachel Callahan (@ObjectivityRach) May 14, 2014
@JamiesRabbits I mute for too many negative tweets, retweets or political opinions unless I don't know them personally then I unfollow.
— Liz Harrison (@liz_harris0n) May 14, 2014
@JamiesRabbits permanently: their posts annoy me but I can’t unfollow them bc i know them IRL. temporarily: spoilers or twitter “chats”
— Laura McClellan (@laura_mcclellan) May 14, 2014
@JamiesRabbits I mute if someone does nothing but solicit or repost. Especially when they take over my feed with it.
— Redhot Writing Hood (@red_writinghood) May 14, 2014
@JamiesRabbits People who only tweet crap designed to motivate me to be a better anything.Note: Joseph cannot be motivated.
— Joseph Kinnaird (@JWKinnaird) May 14, 2014
@JamiesRabbits millions of hashtags, especially political. consistent argumentative trash talk. consistent jesus juking.there may be moreNote: Even Jesus wouldn't Jesus Juke himself.
— Lauree Ashcom (@LaureeAshcom) May 14, 2014
@JWKinnaird @JamiesRabbits Posts volatile things + combative when opposing views come up. Rude, racist, sexist, ablilist, threatening. . .
— Ben Hamaker (@HamakerBen) May 14, 2014
@JamiesRabbits Endless selfies. (Stop the vanity! You look the same every time! We get it, you like how you look!)Note: What if I change my hair part? Can I keep posting then?
— Dawn Reiss (@dawn_o_mite) May 14, 2014
— Jan Moyer (@moyermama) May 14, 2014
@JamiesRabbits Too many complaints, they RT compliments with 'thx' added, too many baby pics, too many grammatical/spelling errors...Note: Be better than retweeting compliments.
— Jaklyn (@iamjakz) May 14, 2014
@JamiesRabbits I tend to mute people who tweet rapid fire using hashtags that appear unintelligible/insider club.Note: Tweet using the hashtag #citbh and you'll be in my new secret club.
— Mandy Shunnarah (@fixedbaroque) May 14, 2014
@JamiesRabbits I mute “twitter parties” - so obnoxious - defeats the purpose for the advertiserNote: Twitter parties are not better than real parties. Because dips.
— Stephanie (@plainchicken) May 14, 2014
@JamiesRabbits sports rivalries. I mute certain people during football season.Note: Roll Tide.
— Molly Gentry (@mollsabeth) May 14, 2014
Follow me on Twitter: @jamiesrabbits. I promise to only be worthy of muting 5% of the time.
Why do you mute or unfollow someone on social media?