Some people on Twitter are just annoying. Some people are unnecessarily and overly profane. Some people are just never interesting. There are also a lot of Twitter spammers out there. It makes you feel sometimes that you’d just be better off if their Tweets never appeared at all – not in search results and not in your Timeline.
But before I explain how this is easily achieved, let me describe a few scenarios where this would be beneficial.
Why Hide Twitter Users?
- You search Tweets on a regular basis and a particular user’s Tweets appear often in a particular niche (they frequently use certain keywords or hashtags that you’re looking for) and you’d just rather their Tweets never appear again. You know that you’ll always ignore them anyway, so why not just make them never appear in the first place?
- You’ve followed someone and you really want them to keep following you, but you don’t care to ever see their Tweets in your timeline again.
- You follow thousands of users and your Timeline is an unusable, constant stream of content that you’ll never fully consume. Hiding some will help tidy it up.
How To Hide Twitter Users
First I must point out that this is a unique feature to TweetSeeker, so hiding a user here has no bearing on when you use Twitter.com or Hootsuite or any other tool. The same people you hide with TweetSeeker will not be hidden anywhere else.
To completely hide a user permanently, all you need to do is use our tagging column (currently named in beta as “SocialTag”), by tagging one of their tweets with “hide” (no quotes). All their Tweets will immediately disappear from your Timeline and all searches that you ever do from TweetSeeker.
It doesn’t matter whether you follow them or not. They disappear forever, everywhere on TweetSeeker.
A less brute-force way of ignoring a user would be to use another special tag that TweetSeeker provides, “dim” or “fade”. They both do the same thing – they make that particular user’s Tweets fade a bit within your Timeline. Those Tweets will always be less noticeable, visually telling you that you don’t need to view that person’s Tweets as urgently.
Using the hide, dim, and fade tags within TweetSeeker is part of our overall strategy of providing you with ways to curate your Twitter Timeline. (more about our approach to Twitter curation).
When you need to unhide someone you can always do that as well. Just use our Tag Search on TweetSeeker and filter by the ‘hide’ tag, and you will get a list of everyone that you’ve hidden. Once you locate them in the list of users, you can either unfollow them or remove the hide tag so that they will now always appear.
A quick hiding Twitter users video is also available so that you can see this feature in use.