December 9, 2017

Twitter Tips: Turn Off Someone's Retweets

I cannot retweet you if you don't tweetI have been using Twitter since 2008, but I just learned something about it that was new to me and that has significantly improved my experience with it. I'm not sure if this is a new feature or something that has been around for awhile. I thought I'd share this quick tip with you in case you didn't know about it either.

Have you ever been so annoyed with the frequency with which someone you are following retweets? Or how about the content of what they retweet? Maybe their original tweets are good but the content they choose to retweet is rarely of interest to you. You could unfollow the person, but there are times when you might not want to do so (e.g., you like their content but could do without the garbage they retweet). Did you know you can prevent their retweets from showing up in your timeline without unfollowing or muting them? I had no idea I could do this until recently, and it has made Twitter far less annoying.

Preventing someone's retweets from showing up in your Twitter timeline is easy. Select the person in question, and take a look at their Twitter profile. Just to the right of the "Following" button you'd click if you decided to unfollow them, you'll see three vertical dots. Click them and select "Turn off Retweets" from the menu. That's it. You won't see any more retweets from this person in your timeline.

I follow several people on Twitter who tweet great stuff but regularly retweet content in which I have no interest. This often led me to unfollow them; however, turning off their retweets lets me keep a much less annoying version of them around if I choose to do so. It has made my Twitter experience far more positive. Now if only I could discover a way to turn off the endless begging for retweets, I'd be set!