- Step One: Have a Conversation
- Step Two: Click Some Usernames
- Step Three: Make Good Decisions
- Conclusion: Bask In Your Success
With special thanks to Elizabeth Rodney (@LidsRodney) for agreeing to be a part of this.
So you’re on Twitter. And you’re talking to other people on Twitter.
And maybe you mention someone who doesn’t need to be included in the rest of the conversation.
Or maybe you decide to engage with a difficult person who’s bothering a friend and you don’t want to keep your friend tagged in while you handle unpleasant business.
Or maybe someone requests to be untagged.
Or maybe you’re making a Follow Friday list on a Saturday and you end up with a conversation that has over 40 accounts tagged in. (True story. I have been a victim of this at least twice.)
I have great news! You can untag people on Twitter. This tutorial covers browser Twitter, but the options are there on mobile Twitter, too.
So. Let’s learn how to untag people on browser Twitter. The steps described in this tutorial will also work for Twitter for various mobile operating systems, although the graphical user interfaces (GUIs) will be different.
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The Reply To option only works when at least two accounts are active in an exchange.
In this riveting example, @LidsRodney tweeted a reply to me and I tweeted back, mentioning a third Twitter account, @SJwishlists. (Figure 1)
I’ve decided I have more to add to the tweet I just sent. I clicked the “Reply” icon on my tweet, which opened the reply tweet user interface.
There’s a line of information above the text box. (Figure 2) It starts with “Replying to” and lists all of the accounts tagged in my reply. This means, depending on their settings, they’ll be getting notifications for this tweet and any others they’re tagged (or “mentioned”) in.
You won’t see the “Replying to” text when you’re threading and mention another account unless that account interacts with your tweets.
Because my Twitter theme color is a lovely magenta, my version of the user interface highlights links in that magenta. And you might have noticed that the list of usernames following “Replying to” is in magenta. Which means it’s a clickable link.
So click it!
Clicking the list of usernames following “Replying to” opens the Replying To interface.
By default, when you first open the interface on a given tweet, all of the accounts mentioned or tagged in the previous tweet will be selected for inclusion in the conversation. This is indicated by the box following “Others in this conversation”.
The account at the very top of the Replying To interface is the one to whose tweet you are replying. That account cannot be unselected. (This keeps the conversation threaded.) Since I am replying to my own tweet, it is my account at the top of the list. (Figure 3a)
Clicking the checkbox toggles the selection of all accounts listed under “Others in this conversation”, which is useful for ensuring you’re only replying to the folks you mean to be. (Figures 3a and 3b)
If you want to be more targeted about which accounts you want to include in your reply, you can click the box associated with that account to toggle selection states. (Figure 3c)
In my case, I don’t want to include @SJwishlists in my reply tweets. I run that account and I know for sure it won’t be interested in the rest of our conversation. So I unchecked the box next to the @SJwishlists account in the list to make sure I’m only replying to myself and @LidsRodney.
To make sure your changes stick, you need to click the SAVE button at the bottom right of the interface, NOT the X button at the top right of the Replying To interface.
Back at the reply tweet text box, we can see that the list of users to whom I am replying has shortened to include only me and @LidsRodney. (Figure 4) Which is exactly what I wanted. Success!
I can now send my reply without worrying about bothering @SJwishlists (me) with unwanted inclusion in conversations.