Twitter new feature let you “Unmention Yourself” from tweets
Twitter is currently working on a new feature that would let you “unmention yourself” from tweets you’re tagged in. With this feature, users would be able to remove their name from any tweets they no longer want to be tagged in.
Twitter “Unmention Yourself” Feature
Twitter is currently working on a new feature to allow users to “unmention” themselves from tweets they no longer want to be tagged in. Dominic Camozzi, Twitter’s privacy designer, shared early concepts of this new feature.
Camozzi explain that the new feature is designed to help users avoid “unwanted attention”, and reduce “negative experiences” on their timeline. Being able to unmention yourself from tweets will likely prove to be very useful for many Twitter users.
Twitter’s new unmention feature seems very similar to a feature already on Facebook. Facebook allows users to untag themselves from posts, which essentially does the same as an unmention on Twitter.
Recently, Twitter introduced a new feature that allows users to limit replies to tweets so that unknown accounts can’t reply. This new unmention feature brings users more control over how other accounts interact with them.
How Will the Unmention Feature Work?
Camozzi explains that he wants to “make it easier to untag yourself from a Tweet or conversation you don’t want to be involved in”. This may prove to be particularly useful for users who are being sent hate or spam tweets.
In the current concept, we can see that the new feature would live in the options menu for a tweet. If a user decides to unmention themselves from a tweet, the original tweet’s author wouldn’t be notified of the change.
Twitter would also send users a notification when somebody they don’t follow mentions them, allowing users to review the mention. Users will also have the option from stopping these accounts from mentioning them ever again, without blocking the account.
As Camozzi mentioned in his tweet, this feature is currently a concept that Twitter is working on. That means that Twitter may never end up actually releasing the feature to users, despite the fact it’s been developed. There is also no timeline on when the feature would be released, should it be successful.
With some recent feature additions, it seems clear that Twitter is trying to encourage privacy on the platform. Giving users more control over how accounts interact with them can only be a good thing, especially to reduce negative experiences on the site as Camozzi hopes.