Is someone annoying you or hassling you on Twitter?
Not sure how to block someone?
I’ll take you through the basics of what blocking someone means, when you might want to do it and how you can do it. We’d all rather live in a world where we never had to do it, however….
1. How do I block someone?
As with all Twitter things it depends which tool you are using – I’ll just cover twitter.com and Tweetdeck here:
Twitter.com – click on a followers user name and then click on the silhouette icon on the right-hand side of the screen. You can now either block (click on ‘Block JanMinihane’) or block and report the user for spam (click on ‘Report JanMinihane for spam’)
Tweetdeck – click on a users picture, highlight the cog (other actions), click user, then click either ‘block’ or ‘block & report spam’.
2. What are the consequences of blocking someone?
I’m all for not reinventing the wheel, so this Twitter help section gives you the low down on the impact – the headline is that really, a block is not a total block (and Twitter really should find a way to make it more categoric). There is also a handy section on blocking & reporting spam.
3. Why would I block someone?
The main reason is usually because they are pestering you: personally I’ve not had this problem (I obviously live a sheltered life!) but I know others who have, unwanted admirers, ex-partners etc. Either they keep tweeting you incessantly or for reasons unknown to you become abusive and rude.
There is a great article here on 10 Reasons NOT to block someone.
4. Why would I block someone and report them for spam?
They are Spambots – and I block a lot of them – you know the ones who as soon as you put out a tweet with a certain word in, e.g. iPad, you get autofollowed and a tweet offering a competition to win, guess what, an iPad. These usually have very random usernames and rarely a picture.
There is more here on the Twitter support pages about what classifies as spam.
5. What about if someone’s tweets annoy me but I’m worried about their reaction if I unfollow them or block?
If you use Tweetdeck (and a host of other twitter tools), there is a handy ‘Global Filter’ tool via ‘Settings’ (the spanner in the top right of the screen), where you can filter out tweets from a person, a source (eg. autoposts from Facebook, Foursquare) or that contain certain keywords or hashtags. This is such a handy little tool sometimes.
Otherwise my advice would be to just unfollow them as unfollowing seems a lot less drastic and final. If they don’t like it, ultimately that is there problem, not yours!
Either way, don’t let the odd user on twitter detract from your enjoyment of it, as we all know it’s a wonderful place to be
Have you had to block anyone, and why?
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