Twitter offers people another way to stay connected to their friends and other interesting people. Each user has the ability to send unlimited messages, or "tweets," with updates about anything he wants. The unlimited nature of the messaging system leads some people to tweet incessantly, causing followers to abandon them in droves. In certain situations, such as the excessive tweeter being a close friend, it is preferable to stop Tweets without unfollowing. For these cases, you must use a third-party solution.
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Things you need
- Internet connection
- Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome Web browser
Install TwitBlocker to your Firefox browser. This free app interacts with the Greasemonkey Firefox extension to temporarily change the way Web pages look in the browser. TwitBlocker removes the desired user's "tweet stream" from your timeline until you restart the browser. Once installed, simply double-click on the person you wish to "mute" and the app automatically removes their tweets from your page.
Create an account at Twalala. This web-based Twitter client allows you control over what is displayed on your Twitter page. You have the option to filter tweets based on certain criteria, such as keywords or phrases, and stop tweets without unfollowing. The service is free and may be used from any browser. You use your Twitter log in details to gain access to the controls. Once inside, choose the options you wish to use for your Twitter session.
Create an account with Proxlet. The Web-based interface at Proxlet may also be integrated with a number of popular Twitter solutions used on mobile devices and desktops alike. These include Tweetdeck and Twitter for iPhone. Most browser users choose to install the Google Chrome applet that allows for quicker control over the various Twitter options Proxlet controls. The system does more than just stop tweets without unfollowing. With Proxlet, you can also block certain Twitter apps and filter out specific hashtags to improve your Twitter experience. The settings are automatically synced across all browsers and platforms linked to Proxlet.
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