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Cut Down on Twitter Noise with Proxlet for Google Chrome

I’ve been having lots of fun lately trying out extensions and apps from the Google Chrome Web Store, and recently discovered a few hidden gems for managing Twitter. Proxlet Tweet Filter is one that deserves a mention.

You can install Proxlet Tweet Filter onto your Chrome browser, and it will automatically be activated the next time you navigate over to Twitter.com (it works with TweetDeck Desktop, Twitter for iPhone, New Twitter on the web, Twidroyd and many others).

Once installed and given access to your Twitter account, you’ll notice the Proxlet button sitting discreetly next to “Reply” when you hover over a tweet. Simply click on it, and you’ll be presented with a few options: If there is no hashtag in that tweet, you can mute the account for one day, one week, or forever. If there is a hashtag in the tweet, Proxlet also gives you the option to mute that hashtag for one day, week, or forever.

This is a great service for anyone who wants to avoid seeing a stream of content from an overly-ambitious tweeter or have to watch a hashtag chat you’re not participating in fill up your Twitter stream.

By muting an account with Proxlet, you can take a break from those tweeple who seem to be updating every 30 minutes with their daily doings. Of course, if they do this on a regular basis, you can choose to mute them forever. However, it might be best to just unfollow them if you’re going to mute them permanently, as they’ll clog up your following list.

Muting hashtags can be pretty useful. If you don’t want to hear all about a conference you weren’t invited to attend, or avoid a hashtag game, simply block that hashtag for a period of time.

The third thing that Proxlet does well is block applications. This is particularly useful if you’re looking to stop FourSquare notifications or another third-party application that sometimes sends out a few too many updates. If you don’t really care whether someone is sitting in a Starbucks on Park Avenue, Proxlet can help.

The functionality of Proxlet reminds us of our recently review of TweetCaster for Android. Both applications stem the noise that can develop on Twitter, and they both offer flexibility in what and for how long something is muted.

If you’re a Chrome user, give Proxlet a shot. It isn’t overly bulky, and it will help you make Twitter a more enjoyable experience, especially if you’ve noticed a lot of spam or overzealous tweeters taking up your valuable timeline real estate.

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