Learn what happens when you use Twitter’s unfollow feature which it says helps control unwanted attention on the platform by letting you leave a tweet conversation.
- Twitter is testing a new option with some users on the web to make it easy to leave a tweet conversation, untag yourself and stop future mentions
- May users have clamored for the ability to just untag themselves from boring threads or heated conversations
- The new option has yet to appear in Twitter’s mobile and desktop apps
What’s Twitter’s “Leave this conversation” option?
Twitter can sometimes ruin your day, like when you get sucked into a tweet thread you don’t want to be part of. So now when someone mentions you in a contentious Twitter exchange that you don’t want to be part of, you can leave the conversation and the mention hyperlink will turn into plain text. Read: How to create Twitter lists
“We’re experimenting with Unmentioning—a way to help you protect your peace and remove yourself from conversations,” the Twitter Safety account tweeted out a GIF showing what “unmentioning” will look like.
How do you say “Don’t @ me,” without saying “Don’t @ me”?
We’re experimenting with Unmentioning—a way to help you protect your peace and remove yourself from conversations—available on Web for some of you now. pic.twitter.com/rlo6lqp34H
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) April 7, 2022
Leaving the conversation still won’t prevent people from seeing the mention, but it will no longer be hyperlinked to your Twitter handle. And once you’ve removed yourself from a Twitter thread, no one can add you back. Twitter has been working on “Leave this conversation” for a while now. In February 2022, Researcher Jane Manchun Wong shared a screenshot of an onboarding UI.
Twitter could add more functionality before rolling out this feature to all users. According to early concepts that Twitter designed Dominic Camozzi shared earlier, Twitter could alert you if an account that doesn’t follows you mentions you. There might even be an option to stop all Twitter users from mentioning you for one day, three days or seven days.
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
How to untag and remove yourself from a Twitter thread
To untag yourself from, and leave a Twitter conversation, select the Twitter thread you no longer want to be part of, then click the share icon and choose the option labeled “Leave this conversation”. You will then be greeted with an onboarding screen laying out how “unmentioning” works. Hit the “Leave the conversation” to continue or “Never mind, I’ll stay” to cancel.
Twitter is currently testing this feature with some users on the web. Watch this space to stay informed as to when removing yourself from Twitter threads will roll out to all Twitter users on mobile, desktop and web.
What happens when you leave a Twitter conversation
Leaving a thread will untag you and stop future mentions/notifications. People won’t be able to mention you again in this convo. No one in the thread will be notified if you “unmention” yourself, which is how untagging yourself should work in a public forum like Twitter. Your username will stay in the original tweet and all replies but as plain text, and you’ll still see the conversation. Read: Tips for using Twitter search