Showing posts with label Twitter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Twitter. Show all posts

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Master the Art of Muting on X (Twitter)

Master the Art of Muting on X (Twitter)

Discover the ins and outs of muting words, phrases, and hashtags on X, and learn how to tailor your social media experience to your preferences. This Cool Tip provides step-by-step instructions for both beginners and advanced users, along with tips and tricks to ensure you stay in control of your digital space.

By Rodger Mansfield, Technology Editor
April 13, 2024

X Twitter
Are you tired of seeing unwanted content on your X (Twitter) feed? 

Do you want to take control of your social media experience? 

Here's a Cool Tip.  Mute words and phrases on X (Twitter).

Why Mute on X?

Muting on X allows you to filter out unwanted content and create a more personalized feed. 

It's an essential tool for users who want to avoid spoilers, block out sensitive topics, or simply declutter their feed.

Here's how to do it.
  • Open the X menu by clicking the More link in the left column.
  • Tap  "Settings and Privacy."
  • Click "Privacy and safety" and tap "Mute and block."
  • Choose "Muted words" and tap the new icon in the bottom right corner.
  • Type the word, phrase, or hashtag you want to mute in the field above and select your preferences below.
  • Click "Save" in the top right corner to mute the word, phrase, or hashtag.

X Mute
fig. 1 - X - Mute Word Settings

X Add Muted Words
fig. 2 - X - Add Muted Words

Advantages and Disadvantages

Muting on X offers several benefits, including:
  • Customized feed tailored to your interests and preferences
  • Avoidance of unwanted content and spoilers
  • Enhanced control over your social media experience

However, there are potential drawbacks to consider:
  • Over-reliance on muting may limit your exposure to diverse content and perspectives
  • Muting can lead to echo chambers if not used judiciously

For advanced users, mute words, phrases, and hashtags up to X's maximum character count. 

You can also mute terms in any language supported by X and choose between different mute duration settings.

Mastering the art of muting on X can significantly enhance your user experience by allowing you to take control of the content you see. 

By following our step-by-step guide and exploring the various options available, you'll be well on your way to a more enjoyable and personalized social media experience.


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Thursday, March 14, 2024

Effortlessly Share Your Discoveries: Microsoft Edge’s Social Media Integration

Unlock the full potential of Microsoft Edge with our Cool Tip on seamlessly sharing content across Facebook, Twitter, and more, enhancing your browsing experience.

By Rodger Mansfield, Editor
March 14, 2024

Microsoft Edge
Have you ever stumbled upon a fascinating article or a must-see video that you couldn’t wait to share with your friends? 

What if you could do it effortlessly, without switching tabs or copying links?

Here's a Cool Tip.   Share a webpage to a variety of social media sites directly from Microsoft Edge.

The “Share” feature in Microsoft Edge allows you to instantly share web content, such as articles, images, and videos, across various platforms including social media like Facebook and Twitter, email services, and even with your own devices. 

It’s designed to make sharing information effortless and quick, directly from the browser without the need to copy links or switch apps.

Here's how to do it.
  1. Open Microsoft Edge and navigate to the page you want to share.
  2. Go to Settings (three dots in top-right corner) and More menu and select Share.
  3. Or right-click on the page and select Share.
  4. Choose your desired social media platform such as Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
  5. If not already logged in, enter your credentials for the chosen platform.
  6. Customize your post with a personal message or tags.
  7. Hit share and you’re done!

Share Page on Microsoft Edge Browser
fig. 1 - Share Page on Microsoft Edge Browser

Share directly from your browser, no extra steps needed and reduces the need to switch between apps or copy and paste links.

Sharing content from Microsoft Edge is a breeze, making it easier than ever to stay connected with your network. 

Embrace the simplicity and share your next find with just a click!

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Sunday, August 6, 2023

How to Hide the Blue Checkmark Icon on Twitter X

Do you have a blue checkmark on Twitter? 

Are you concerned about your privacy? 

Do you worry about being harassed or trolled? 

Here's a Cool Tip:  Hide Your Blue Checkmark!
The blue checkmark is a symbol of verification on Twitter X, indicating that the account has been authenticated by Twitter as belonging to a real person or organization. 

X (formerly known as Twitter) opened up the blue checkmark to users who subscribe to Twitter X Blue earlier this year.

Here's how to hide the blue checkmark icon.

On a PC:
  • Go to your Twitter X home page.
  • Click on More
  • Click on Settings and Support.
  • Click on Settings and Privacy.
  • Click on Blue
  • Click on Early Access to select new. features
  • Click Profile customization  LINK
  • Check/Uncheck the box next to Hide or Un-Hide your blue checkmark.

Hide Twitter X Blue Checkmark
fig. 1 - Hide Twitter X Blue Checkmark

On a mobile device (iPhone/Android):
  • Open the X Twitter app.
  • Tap on your profile icon.
  • Tap on Blue.
  • Tap on Preferences.
  • Tap on Verification, 
  • Tap on Blue Checkmark.
  • Toggle the switch off to hide your blue checkmark.

Twitter X Hide Blue Checkmark Mobile
fig. 1 - Twitter X Hide Blue Checkmark Mobile

  • If you hide your blue checkmark, it will still be visible to some people.
  • You can always choose to show your blue checkmark again at any time by following the same steps above and toggling the switch on.

Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to hide your blue checkmark is up to you. 

There are pros and cons to both hiding and showing your blue checkmark, so you need to weigh the factors that are most important to you before making a decision.


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Saturday, July 29, 2023

Twitter is Dead. Long Live X

X Twitter
Twitter, the popular social media platform, is dead.  

In a major rebranding effort, it is now the "everything" X app.

No more *tweets*.

Now they are *Posts*.

Its iconic bird logo has been replaced with a new X logo.

But what does this mean for users? 

What changes can we expect to see on the X app?

X Twitter App OneCoolTip
fig.1 - X Twitter App - @OneCoolTip

Since buying Twitter for 44 Billion dollars a few months ago, Elon Musk has introduced a slew of new features such as the opening the verified user checkmark to paid subscribers, long form text, video and easing censorship on the platform.

Musk has not yet revealed all of the details about what the new X will offer, but it is rumored that the company is working on a number of new features, including:

  • A payments feature that will allow users to send and receive money directly through the app.
  • A shopping feature that will allow users to buy and sell products and services on X.
  • A productivity feature that will allow users to collaborate on projects and share files.

If Musk is able to deliver on his promises, X could become a major player in the social media and mobile payments markets.

You can find OneCoolTip on X at @OneCoolTip

You can find X on the web at

Don't have the X app on your phone?  

You can find the X app here:

That's it.


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Sunday, February 12, 2023

Tweet More, Say More: Twitter Unveils New Feature Allowing Longer Tweets!

Twitter bird logo
Do you have more to Tweet than just 280 characters?

Your problem is now solved!

Twitter has increased the number of characters allowed in a tweet to 4,000!

Twitter Long Form Example

The new capability rolled out to Twitter users who are subscribed to the Twitter Blue feature.

For now, only the first 280 characters can be seen initially.  

Readers have to click to read the rest of the Tweet.

Twitter Blue is a new subscription featuring, costing $8 per month, that offers increased features to users including access to new and expanded features on the Twitter site.  

Subscribers are noted with a blue checkmark.

This checkmark replaced the legacy blue checkmark that was previously only available to select, verified and usually public Twitter users.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Twitter Debuts Moments to Highlight the Best Tweets

Find the Best of Twitter in an Instant

Twitter debuted a new feature this week, Moments,

With millions of tweets every day, it's hard to find the most interesting, up-to-the minute tweets. Especially those with multimedia content.

Moments solves this problem by displaying dynamic curated content filled with videos and photos.

twitter momentstwitter moments fun today

Available on both mobile devices and the web, the new Moments lightning  bolt icon shows tweets in five categories starting with "Today".

Swiping the top menu shows Moments in other categories such as Entertainment, Fun, News, and Sports. 

Tapping a Moment will show the first Tweet.  Swiping to the left will show additional tweets about the Moment.  A progress bar at the bottom shows how many more are available.  A click button at the end of a Moment allows you to share the Moment to your followers.

Moments is a valuable tool to keep Twitter relevant to its users.  Discovery of new content is now easier to do.


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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Twitter Removes 140-character Limit from Direct Messages

Can't write it all in just 140 characters?


Your cries have been heard.

Twitter has removed the 140-character limit on Direct Messages.

But the limit remains for public tweets tho.

Twitter Direct Message 140 character limit - One Cool Tip
Maybe you don't know that Twitter has a user-to-user message feature called Direct Messages.

Available from the site as well as the Android and iOS apps, you can start a private message to anyone who follows you.

For more detailed instructions on direct messaging, check out Twitter's help page:

Twitter's About Direct Messages help Page

We've covered several cool Twitter tips.  Check them out!  Google Now Shows Twitter in Desktop Search ResultsMute Your Twitter UsersUp the Periscope - Broadcast Live From Your Phone and Secret Twitter Photo Search

Oh, and be sure to follow @OneCoolTip on Twitter.


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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Google Now Shows Twitter in Desktop Search Results

Searching on Google now brings even more relevant, real-time, search results.


Google now shows relevant Twitter "tweets" in desktop search results.

This new feature is an expansion of Google already displaying Twitter search results in Google mobile search results.

The new desktop feature works for all queries performed in English.

For example, a search for "Donald Trump" returns a recent tweet from the verified account of Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump.

Google Search Donald Trump with Twitter Results

This move benefits both Google and Twitter.  For Google, it means that users get real-time search results from the micro-blogging service.  For Twitter, it brings its service to millions of new users.



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Monday, August 3, 2015

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Mute Your Twitter Users

Sometimes too much is too much.

If your twitter feed is out of control because someone you follow is over-tweeting, you can mute that user.

And no one will be wiser.

You can mute a user two ways, from a tweet or on his or her profile page:

Tweet - Tap "More" (the three dots) at the the bottom of the tweet  and click "Mute"
Profile Page - Click the "gear" icon, click "Mute" from the dropdown menu.

President Obama Twitter Mute

Muted users will still see your twitter feed.  And they can always direct message you, favorite, reply to and retweet your tweets.  But you won't see their normal tweets in your feed.

You can also reverse the process and "Unmute"


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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Up the Periscope - Broadcast Live from Your Phone!

Periscope app logo
"In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes" - Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol's famous quote has become possible as millions of people around the world connect to the internet on a daily basis.

And we've already seen the good, the bad and the ugly as some people get their 15 minutes of internet fame.

But there is great potential as video livestreaming becomes a normal and usual app that users utilize everyday.  And Periscope is the new best livestreaming app.

Livestreaming on the net is not new.  But it is a niche that has not had much traction, until now.  Meerkat sxploded on the mobile app scene earlier this year but Twitter's Periscope app is clearly the better of the two apps.

So what is livestreaming?  Livestreaming apps allow users to broadcast live video from mobile devices to one, a hundred or even thousands of viewers.  Think of it as letting everyone become a CNN reporter.

Periscope App Screenshot - Explore the World in Real Time
Periscope App Screenshot - Broadcast Video LIVE from Anywhere

Not all livestreams are CNN-worthy.   But many are well done and.or give viewers the ability to go behind the scenes of special places or events.

My favorite Periscope broadcasts are from the local news teams around the country and the world who broadcast live during morning news shows.  It's a viewpoint average users just never get to see.

Just as mobile phones, pictures and videos have changed how we view the world, livestreaming will become a common activity, especially for dramatic news events.

But Periscope also has the potential for live broadcasting public meetings and events so that viewers can attend important events that might not be covered by local media.

The latest update to the iOS Periscope app lets you look at a map and find local broadcasts.  This is especially useful if you are looking for something that is place-specific.

Periscope lets you follow contacts and be notified when someone is broadcasting.  Maybe it's a key moment in a day, or a trip to the beach or amusement park.  Or at a news breaking events like a fire, protest or severe weather.

Another great feature is the ability to archive your broadcasts - you can save any broadcast so that your viewers can watch later.

You can download the Periscope app from the iTunes store HERE.  And from the Google Android store HERE.


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Friday, August 5, 2011

Secret Twitter Photo Search

Twitter logo
UPDATE 6/1/2015 - Updated with current instructions on how to search and filter Twitter results including Advanced Search.


It's not so secret anymore.  In the years since this OneCoolTip first posted, Twitter has added additional search capabilities to its site.

Twitter has become the "go to" app for up-to-the-moment searches.

But with this enormous stream of information comes the challenge of how to filter unwanted results.

Fortunately, Twitter now has advanced search tools.

But first things first.  To do a photo search, enter your keyword(s) in the search box on the Twitter main page.  When the results are displayed, you can limit them to photos by selecting the "Photos" option in the top bar across the results.

In the example below, I searched for "cat" and then limited the results to just photos.

Twitter Search constrained to Photos

Twitter Search More Options Drop Down MenuIn addition, there are additional options besides "Top", "Live", "Accounts", "Photos" and "Videos".  Click the "More Options" link to show these options.

You can limit the results to just from people you follow or even from near your location.

Finally, there is a comprehensive "Advanced" Search option available at:

The "Advanced" Search option page allows you to search full or partial words as well exact phrases and even hashtags.  Or even results that do not contain key words.

You can also search by accounts and account mentions.

And a very useful advanced search is to limit by date.

All of these options are great tools for finding the information you want from the very popular Twitter site.


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