A Twitter Client Feature That Would Be Welcome: Category Filtering

images.jpegIf you use Twitter regularly (as I do: @mcelhearn), you’ll certainly find that, at times, the people you follow tweet about things that don’t interest you. For example, I’m not particularly interested in sports, and if I could block or muffle all tweets about football, baseball, cricket, etc., my Twitter feed would be much shorter.

Others tweet about politics, comics, movies, or even cats (guilty: I got a new kitten for Christmas, but I promise I won’t be tweeting many more cat photos; unless they’re really cute). You may find that, while you like what certain people – often friends or colleagues tweet about – that, at times, you’d rather not scroll through the tweets in certain categories.

So I’d welcome a Twitter client that can filter either by category or keyword. The technology exists; it’s used for content filtering apps, and, while it’s not perfect, it would be sufficient for most Twitter users. It’s possible that any Twitter client that offered such a feature would find lots of users; I’m sure many of us find that there are certain times when they just don’t need all the tweets about the latest game, election, storm or cat.

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4 replies
  1. Shaun Hutchinson says:

    NO! The Kirkville faithful need MORE Titus™ pictures! …..and pictures of Chiron and Demetrius baked in a pie please!

  2. Shaun Hutchinson says:

    I do agree this would be really useful to filterl, sport bores me to death I would pay good money for a sport mute.
    If you could make a mute sport filter for real people I’d be even more enthusiastic.

  3. Michael B says:

    Perhaps I’m not following, but Tweetbot has a very strong filtering mechanism. You can filter words, hashtags, iirc it even supports regex filtering. You can even filter by time, so say a event is going on and filling your stream, you can mute a hashtag/keyword for just that day. Am I missing your point?

    • Kirk McElhearn says:

      It would be pretty complicated to block all of the terms you need for, say, football. The same for other sports, politics, etc. A built-in category filter would make it much easier.

      It’s easy to block hashtags; many Twitter clients can do that. But most people don’t use hashtags consistently.


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