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Twitter Considering ‘Unmentioning’ Feature

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For when you need to distance yourself from a spicy take.

Have you ever had one of those moments in life where you think to yourself, “I would rather gnaw off my own leg than be involved in this conversation any further?” Yeah, that happens a lot on Twitter. When someone gets mentioned and tagged in a conversation, they’re essentially part of that conversation until the bitter end, whether they want to be or not. It’s bad enough when you get dragged into a spicy take, but it’s even worse if you start catching flak for just being involved. It’s for this reason that Twitter is developing a way to cut yourself out of the dialogue before it reaches leg-gnawing levels.

On his own Twitter, Twitter product designer Dominic Camozzi described an “early concept” feature tentatively known as “unmentioning.”

“I want to make it easier to untag yourself from a Tweet or conversation you don’t want to be involved in,” Camozzi writes. “Just pick ‘Unmention yourself from this conversation’ from the more info menu and the link to your profile will be removed.”

As Camozzi describes, this feature would allow you to remove your profile handle link from any tweet that mentions you, preventing you from being tagged in all future tweets in the thread in the process. You could also block users entirely from mentioning you (without having to block them entirely and open up that awkward can of worms), as well as block all mentions for a specific period of time if you just don’t want to be bothered. This could be a helpful feature in cutting down the stream of nonsense flooding your feed on a regular basis. People could still say mean things about you, but at least you wouldn’t have to see it.

The feature is still just a concept, so it isn’t known at this time if it’ll ever actually be implemented.