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Shut up, already: Want to block mentions of #thedress? Here's how

Miami Herald Staff

So, it went viral. Everyone's talking about it. No one will shut up about it. The novelty is over, and the backlash has begun.

Perhaps you never cared whether #thedress is #blueandblack or #whiteandgold; maybe you had initially been interested, and now you'd rather bury yourself in the warm folds of CPAC minutiae. Here's how to block hashtags and topics.

Facebook: At the top right corner of a post, click the down arrow and select "I don't want to see this." Facebook's mysterious algorithm will begin to eliminate similar posts from your News Feed.

TweetDeck: In the left rail, click the gear icon and select Settings. Click Mute, and enter your hated phrase or hashtag. Click the Mute button to confirm.

Mobile and desktop: There doesn't seem to be a way to mute specific words or hashtags in Twitter's native apps -- you can only mute specific users. Third-party apps or browser extensions like Tweetlogix and Open Tweet Filter say they'll do the trick, though.

Last resort: Direct aggression toward those who are jumping on the hashtag bandwagon. Outcome not guaranteed.

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