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Block some of Twitter’s annoying features with just a few steps.
Ever wish you could declutter your Twitter feed? Tired of being told who to follow? You can easily block many of Twitter’s features, including suggested tweets, by simply using the mute option.
As recently noted by author and podcast host Jono Pech on Twitter, adding just a few select text strings to your list of muted words can personalize your timeline, including removing suggestions for who to follow.
“If you prefer not to see the algorithm tweets, replies and likes from strangers on your main Twitter feed, muting these terms will disable those features and more,” Pech says.
If you prefer not to see the algorithm tweets, replies and likes from strangers on your main Twitter feed, muting these terms will disable those features and more. pic.twitter.com/60oBNWAqoO
— Jono 𝙿𝚎𝚌𝚑 (@JonoHimself) March 18, 2019
Some of these options were first made popular last year after Twitter changed its timeline to no longer feature tweets in chronological order. And although Twitter now lets users choose how to structure their timeline, many of the muting options are still useful.
As the text string suggests, adding “suggest_who_to_follow” to your mute list will stop Twitter from giving you suggestions on who to follow. Although not mentioned by Pech, also adding “suggest_grouped_tweet_hashtag” will stop random tweets associated with popular hashtags from being placed in your timeline.
A full list of text strings for your mute list can be found on GitHub, enabling you to also block Twitter highlights and moments.
How to mute Twitter’s suggested tweets
To add any of these to your mute list, first click on your profile image before selecting Settings and Privacy. If you’re using a computer, simply click Muted words and then Add. If using the mobile app, choose Privacy and Safety in the Settings and Privacy menu and click Muted. From there, you should be able to select Muted words.
Mikael Thalen is a freelance journalist based in Seattle, covering all things technology, including social media, data breaches, hackers, and more.