In an official blog post, Twitter explained a little more about the feature:
In the same way you can turn on device notifications so you never miss a Tweet from your favorite users, you can now mute users you’d like to hear from less. Muting a user on Twitter means their Tweets and Retweets will no longer be visible in your home timeline, and you will no longer receive push or SMS notifications from that user. The muted user will still be able to fave, reply to, and retweet your Tweets; you just won’t see any of that activity in your timeline. The muted user will not know that you’ve muted them, and of course you can unmute at any time.
A number of other third-party Twitter apps support muting, like our favorite Tweetbot. But the app definitely takes things a bit further. Users can block posts from specific apps, like any Foursquare check-ins, or mute a user for a specific amount of time like a day, week, or month.
Twitter also updated its app today, moving to version 6.5. Here are the changes for iPad users:
• Choose between “Top” and “All” Tweets in search results.
• Tweets with Twitter photos, Vine videos and other select content now show a preview in your home timeline
• You can reply, retweet, favorite or follow someone straight from a Tweet in your home timeline.
• Easier access to DMs.
• Choose a filter for your photo.
• Refreshed look for navigation.
• Discover has been updated to show Tweets related to Trends.
A universal app designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini, Twitter can be downloaded now on the App Store for free.
For other news today, see: Apple Wants To Improve The Design Quality On Future Beats Headphones, Video: Take A Look At LG’s iWatch-Competing ‘G Watch,’ and Could Apple’s Bigger, 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Also Feature NFC?