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Twitter annoys users with email notifications for self replies and favorites

Twitter annoys users with email notifications for self replies and favorites

by AshwinAugust 6, 2015

A new bug has been found on Twitter today, which will surely annoy users, a lot.


But before we get into the topic, let me briefly describe how the social network’s notification works.

Twitter notifies you when a user mentions you on the network, like for e.g:

@you Have you upgraded Windows 10?

This message will appear on Twitter’s notifications tab, and by default you will receive an email notification about the “mention”.

Basically it is similar to Facebook’s notification system, which sends you an email when somebody tags you on the social network.

And here comes the bug found in Twitter:

It appears Twitter is now sending email notifications, when you mention yourself on Twitter. Thos was first reported by The Next Web. Curiously enough, I tested it and guess what happened.

This is the Tweet in which I replied to my old tweet.

And immediately, I got an email stating that Ashwin mentioned you on Twitter. You can see a screenshot of the email notification featured in the first image of this article.

Seriously, Twitter?

The fun doesn’t end here though. Apparently this works for your own Tweets which you favorite, too. Look at the following screenshot of the email notification which I received for favoriting my tweet.

Well, that is quite silly and not to mention, incredibly annoying. There is a way to skip these notifications, but it will disable email notifications altogether, which is something you may not want.

How to disable email notifications in Twitter:

1. Login to Twitter and click on your profile picture.

2. Click on the settings option, which is the penultimate option in the drop down menu.

3. Now, on the left pane, click on the “Email Notifications” tab.

4. A set of options will appear on the right pane, uncheck the following options:

My Tweets are marked as favorites.

My Tweets get a reply or I’m mentioned in a Tweet.

5. Scroll down the page, and click on the “Save Changes” button.


That’s all you need to do. Unfortunately this is the only way to avoid email notifications for self replies and favorites, until Twitter fixes this bug.

If you want to try it out for yourself all you need to do is reply to or favorite your own Tweet. Though people say it works for any Tweet you are mentioned in, it didn’t work when I tried to favorite a Tweet in which another user mentioned me.