Mute Tweets is a Twitter service that allows you to temporarily unfollow someone who's being too noisy, refollowing them after a given period of time.
Before you can start using the service, you need to connect Mute Tweets to your Twitter account so that it can unfollow and refollow on your behalf. Don't worry--Mute Tweets won't ever do anything else to your Twitter account, and you can revoke access any time.
To mute someone, just tweet:
[d] @mutetweets <@noisyperson> <length of time>
<length of time> follows the format
<unit> is one of "m" (minutes), "h" (hours), or "d" (days).
@mutetweets @scobleizer 3h # mute @scobleizer for 3 hours d mutetweets @scobleizer 3h # send a direct message instead # (To send direct messages, follow # mutetweets--it will follow you back.)
-v or -verbose get direct messages when your mute starts and ends
d mutetweets @scobleizer 3h -verbose
Notes & Issues
Don't you be annoying, either.
Keep in mind that the person you muted will get a "...is now following you on Twitter" message when the mute expires (unless they've turned notifications off), and if you don't use a direct message, the person will also see it in their mention stream. Because of this, please use sparingly (if you're muting someone a lot, maybe you shouldn't be following them).
What? I can't hear you.
If your tweets are protected, you have to follow mutetweets first.
If you have an questions or problems, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.