We may soon be able to “de-mention” ourselves on Twitter and get out of a discussion that no longer interests us. Concepts were presented by a social network manager.
Twitter is a very practical monitoring tool for following the news. It is also a platform that offers the opportunity to engage in conversations on all kinds of subjects with other Internet users. But there are situations in which, precisely, one does not wish, or no longer, to appear in a discussion. This is precisely a subject on which the American social network is working.
In a series of published messages precisely on the community site, Dominic Camozzi, who officiates as designer of features relating to privacy, is presented a possible future option that would allow people to no longer receive notifications from a person or a conversation – these occur when his pseudonym is entered in a tweet with an at sign.
The feature, presented on June 14, is still at an early stage, according to Dominic Camozzi, but it could serve two purposes:
- An Internet user who took part in a conversation that is prolonged, but for which he or she no longer has any interest, could activate the option so as to no longer receive subsequent alerts.
- Another situation: an Internet user being stopped by an annoying person would have the possibility of activating it to keep him at a distance and not receive anything from him.
An option complementing functionalities
Dominic Camozzi clarifies that these are concepts. In the visuals presented, we can see the possibility of canceling an order if you ever change your mind (and thus receive again the notifications of a conversation in which you are in or the messages of a person that you do not. not following, but who is for you). Other additional settings are being considered, such as the ability to mute mentions for a variable duration (one day, three days, seven days), but also to manage notifications arriving en masse.
Obviously, some options are designed to address issues of digital raiding and harassment on Twitter, or if a discussion turns into controversy and quickly gets out of hand. – in a visual, it is explained that this can ” deal quickly with situations that have suddenly worsened “. These options could be used by individuals, but also public figures and certain relatively exposed professions, such as journalists.
I want to make it easier to untag yourself from a Tweet or conversation you don’t want to be involved in.
Just pick “Unmention yourself from this conversation” from the more info menu and the link to your profile will be removed. pic.twitter.com/nfHIyReE9f
– Dominic Camozzi (@_dcrc_) June 14, 2021
Nothing says if and when the feature featured by Dominic Camozzi will see the light of day on Twitter. It could nevertheless complete the range of tools made available to Internet users to contain certain social interactions. This option, specifically, allows action downstream, once the mentions take place. It could complete another setting, which is activated upstream, just before sending a message: this allows you to filter who can respond to its tweets.
This option appears as a complement to another feature, which this time does not act on mentions, but on replies: since 2019, it is possible to hide replies to your tweets that you don’t like – it doesn’t. disappear, which is of no help in the event of cyberstalking, but which limits the visibility of reactions that go beyond the normal framework of a conversation.