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For those who follow a lot of people on Twitter, it can get pretty noisy, especially during things such as the Academy Awards or big sports events. Recently, Twitter introduced a new feature, a way to mute specific Twitter accounts temporarily rather than taking the more extreme step of unfollowing someone. It could save a few friendships.

Mute, which has been a feature in unofficial Twitter apps such as “Tweetbot,” is now usable in Twitter’s iOS and Android mobile apps as well as the Twitter.com website. It’s a simple on/off switch available in the little gear menu when you view another user’s profile page.

Unfortunately, you can’t set a time limit on the muting; you’ll need to go in and unmute the person if you want to see their Tweets in your timeline again.

The other user will still see your Tweets; it’s a one-way cone of silence and they won’t know they’re muted unless you tell them. You’ll no longer see that user’s Tweets, retweets or other activity in your main timeline. A small icon of a red speaker with a line through it will appear on a muted user’s profile page.