July 7, 2022

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Twitter checks an 'unmention' function

No, Twitter’s latest function is not formally known as “Ghosting” — but it surely would possibly as effectively be.

The corporate introduced Thursday that, after almost 10 months, it is lastly begun testing a brand new manner for overwhelmed, irritated, or simply plain uninterested customers to dip out of the notifications nightmare referred to as getting talked about in a tweet after which having tons of individuals reply. Say hi there to “Unmention,” which Twitter is gentle launching for some customers on the internet.

“How do you say ‘Don’t @ me,’ with out saying ‘Do not @ me,'” wrote Twitter. “We’re experimenting with Unmentioning—a manner that will help you shield your peace and take away your self from conversations—out there on Net for a few of you now.”

What does that mean, exactly? Well, according to an accompanying GIF, select users now have the option to “leave this conversation.” That should, at least in theory, untag them from other people’s tweets where they’ve been directly mentioned by their handle. Now, if the GIF is to be believed, this won’t remove a user’s handle from the offending tweet in question, but it will break the link functionality.

We asked Twitter how many users are in the test group, and where Unmention is being tested (often Twitter limits new feature tests to specific countries or areas), but didn’t exactly get a detailed response.

“It’s rolling out to a small group on web,” was all a company spokesperson was willing to confirm. In other words, don’t be too shocked if you, specifically, don’t get the ability to unmention yourself in the immediate future.

But, maybe if you’re lucky, you will one day soon. Because sometimes, sometimes, deleting your account is an overreaction.

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