3 Things I Learnt Muting 50 World Cup Twitter Hashtags

Deflated football imagePeople who know me well know one thing about me: I’m not a fan of football. So much so that one time, when I guy I didn’t know for very long asked me over Facebook if I’d be keen to join him in a game of 5-a-side, an old school friend of mine joined in in the comments in what can only be described as “hysterical laughing”…

With World Cup fever taking over these past couple of months, I got in the habit of muting WC-related hashtags on Twitter. I did the maths following on from the final and found out that I’d muted 50(!) of them altogether (you can see the full list below). Looking back, I learnt 3 things…

1) Football fans love their consistency

It irks me when you go to an event and people on Twitter use 2 or 3 different hashtags for the same thing – e.g. #EventName, #EventName2014, #ENAbbreviated, etc. etc. It sucks because it’d be good to have all the event-related tweets all in one place, assigned to one hashtag. Well, with football, that ain’t gonna happen…

The Germany vs Brazil game saw #BRA, #BRAGER, #BRAvGER, #BRAvsGER, #BrazilvsGermany and #GERBRA all in use as once. Football fans: WTF? Seriously, you guys needs to decide on a consistent hashtag and go nuts on that one.

2) Muting some hashtags is a tricky business (if they overlap with other topics)

The mighty #CRO… Conversion Rate Optimisation or Croatia? Suffice to say I left that one unmuted (or thinking about it, I could’ve just muted it for a period of time – e.g. one month, instead of forever – but never mind)…

3) No matter how much you mute…

…You’ll never be able to stop some tweets – especially those where people don’t use a hashtag.

As for the full list? Here you go…

  • #2014WorldCup
  • #ARGvsBEL
  • #ARGvsGER
  • #ARGvsNED
  • #AUSvNED
  • #AUSvsNED
  • #bbcworldcup
  • #BELUSA
  • #BELvsUSA
  • #BRA
  • #BRAGER
  • #BRAvGER
  • #BRAvsCHI
  • #BRAvsCOL
  • #BRAvsCRO
  • #BRAvsGER
  • #BRAvsNED
  • #BrazilvsGermany
  • #COLvsURU
  • #COLvURU
  • #CRCvsGRE
  • #ENG
  • #EnglandvsUruguay
  • #FifaWorldCup
  • #FIFAWorldCupBrazil
  • #FRAGER
  • #GERARG
  • #GERBRA
  • #GermaniaArgentina
  • #GermanyvsArgentina
  • #GERvARG
  • #GERvsALG
  • #GoUSA
  • #HONvENG
  • #ITA
  • #NEDARG
  • #NEDvsARG
  • #NEDvsMEX
  • #NZLvENG
  • #SEOWorldCup
  • #USAvBEL
  • #USAvPOR
  • #USAvsBEL
  • #USAvsGhana
  • #USAvsPOR
  • #WC2014Brasil
  • #worldcup
  • #WorldCup2014
  • #WorldCupFinal
  • #WorldCupOpeningCeremony

God bless the beautiful game. Less so my abused Twitter stream…

[Deflated football image credit – Rob Gallop]

3 Comments

  • Emma

    July 15, 2014 at 9:09 pm Reply

    You can mute hashtags? Is this available via the twitter site? Please tell me how. I think there are a few I’ll need to block in future – ha!

    • Steve

      July 15, 2014 at 10:38 pm Reply

      Hey dude. I think Twitter introduced it recently, but I mostly use Tweetbot, which definitely has it. You can mute users, too (treated differently to blocking). Hope that helps 🙂

      • Emma

        July 18, 2014 at 2:43 pm Reply

        Be sure to do a handy “How To” guide and get it ranking!

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