Twitter is ideal for connecting, learning, and collaborating with other educators all over the world. Over the years it has enhanced the features of a single Tweet and provided users with tools to control who they see and what content is in their Twitter stream.
Two essential features are the ability to Block and to Report a Tweet or an account. The primary reason for these features are to remove spam and spammers. However, you may have other reasons to use it. There is a difference between the two features and this post will walk you through the process of each.
Twitter’s Help Center defines the block feature as a way to help you, “control how you interact with other accounts on Twitter. This feature helps users in restricting specific accounts from contacting them, seeing their Tweets, and following them” (Help.twitter.com, 2018).
Twitter allows you to report a Tweet that you feel is abusive, spam, or of a concern. You can also report a profile, or direct message. According to the Twitter Help Center, “You can report Tweets and Direct Messages that are in violation of the Twitter Rules or our Terms of Service. Violations you can report Tweets and Direct Messages that may include spam, abusive or harmful content, impersonation, copyright, or trademark violations. Additionally, you can report any Tweet you see on Twitter, including Tweets in your Home timeline, the Notifications tab, or in Twitter search” (Help.twitter.com, 2018).
HOW TO BLOCK & REPORT:
The symbol to BLOCK and REPORT are the same on your laptop and phone.
When you click on the symbol you will get these feature on your computer (your phone will give you a similar look):
When you click on BLOCK you will get the below message box. As much as I am tempted to BLOCK my friend Brad, you can cancel the BLOCK at this point. But if you choose BLOCK, the account can no longer follow or message you. Additionally, you will not see notifications from this account.
When you click on REPORT you will get the below message box with three choices. When you pick “It’s Spam” or “It’s abusive or harmful” you will open another window to pick another choice. This is is the feature you want to use when you see spam. But it is also a good feature when you see something inappropriate on Twitter.
For more information on this feature go to The Twitter Help Center by clicking HERE.
I’m a firm believer that it is educators’ professional responsibility to BLOCK and REPORT spam and inappropriate content. Over the years Twitter has made this easier to for users to do. As a result the experience of Twitter users has improved.
For more tips and tricks on using Twitter as an educator, check out my book 140 Twitter Tips for Educators – Get Connected, Grow Your Professional Learning Network, and Reinvigorate Your Career: available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.